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High water temporarily shuts down part of NC 12 along Outer Banks

Posted February 8

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— Ocean overwash and sand forced authorities to shut down parts of N.C. Highway 12 Monday morning in Dare County.

Authorities closed the highway between Historic and Byrd streets in Kitty Hawk and in northern Buxton, about three miles south of the ferry dock on Ocracoke Island.

Authorities reopened the stretch of highway near Buxton at about 11:45 a.m.

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  • Josh Hampson Feb 8, 2016
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    I agree, I don't believe they re-read what they wrote prior to clicking the submit button. From other websites, I gather that a stretch or road, not HWY 12 was closed between Historic and Byrd. I believe it says Beach Rd, in Kitty Hawk. I can not find information on HWY 12 near Ocracoke or on Ocracoke to support that additional piece that was stated, though images from other websites suggest that it was covered in sand\water.

  • John Smith Feb 8, 2016
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    "...and in northern Buxton, about three miles south of the ferry dock on Ocracoke Island"
    My head hurts trying to figure this out. 1.Buxton is on Hatteras Island.
    2.I'm pretty sure three miles south of the ferry dock on Hatteras will put you in the ocean.
    ...maybe my geography is off.

  • Norman Lewis Feb 8, 2016
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    Build a more permanent, over-wash resistant road way or stop spending millions, almost yearly, in tax dollars to patch a failed system. Surely someone has a viable idea to end the waste of tax dollars.