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  • JustAName Nov 1, 11:16 a.m.

    "No "private business" insurance company will cover flood damage anywhere! Only option is federal flood insurance. Spare me the noble, poor "private business" being foirced to compete" - sckarbog

    If you build on a shifting sand bar, you accept the consequences. If you won't pay for higher insurance premiums to have your house built on sand, then rebuild your house from scratch. $750k+ houses built on the beach do not have my sympathy. Nobody is forcing anyone to live on the coast or in flood plains.

  • LL4U Nov 1, 11:06 a.m.

    WHAT IF the Army Corp of Engineers were to build a temporary road like they use in the military - it could be moved whenever necessary which is every time there is a nor'easter or hurricane or other storm, . . . .guess not, that makes way too much logical sense! Just keep spending, spending, spending!!!!!

  • Blaster Nov 1, 10:46 a.m.

    Guess what. Coastal (i.e., w/in 75 miles of the coast) have NO CHOICE but to buy into the state sponsored plan. Insurance companies (ALL insurance companies) have completely dropped all coverage for "named windstorms". There is no other option. Know what you're talking about before opening one's mouth... keyboard commando! But hey, shouldn't be allowed to rebuild anyway. Too much risk and "they" should no better, right?. Go tell that one to NYC, Ocean City MD, Atlantic City NJ, New Orleans La. For that matter entire coatal US. Why stop there genius. Evacuate California, Insurance companies will not pay for earthquake damage and we all know the big one is just a matter of time. There is a state sponsored earthquake plan as "private business" wants no part. Same for tornado coverage in the midwest. No "private business" insurance company will cover flood damage anywhere! Only option is federal flood insurance. Spare me the noble, poor "private business" being foirced to compe

  • mrsgaskill Nov 1, 10:25 a.m.

    "Time to let Mother Nature reclaim the Outer Banks!

    Yes let's get rid of the greatest beaches in the country. You are more than welcome not to visit it is better off without more tourists anyway. ncouterbanks69"

    I agree 100% with you ncouterbanks69! It's more room on the beach for those of us who appreciate what Hatteras and Rt 12 truly are!

  • JustAName Nov 1, 8:55 a.m.

    "They have absolutely no idea that those on the coast pay property taxes (usually substantially more than those in Cary due to propety values) just like they do." - cantstandgoloanymore

    The state legislature created the Beach Plan, officially called the N.C. Insurance Underwriting Association, in 1969 and expanded it in 1998 to provide a safety net for property owners in coastal counties where private insurance companies were not selling policies. Instead, it has become the insurer of choice, particularly during the explosion of beachfront development in recent years, because it has offered lower rates and more options than private companies.

    Tell me, where is the insurance plan setup by the state to insure non-coastal properties? There isn't.

  • Screw WrAl Oct 31, 7:05 p.m.

    Those counties should be stomping their feet and demanding that President Obama get them their Stafford money!

    Where is their Stafford Act money Mr. President?

  • Screw WrAl Oct 31, 4:22 p.m.

    No one needs to pay for anything, Government is on the way.

    Right Mr. Obama, where are these people's Stafford money?

  • ncouterbanks69 Oct 31, 3:53 p.m.

    Time to let Mother Nature reclaim the Outer Banks!

    Yes let's get rid of the greatest beaches in the country. You are more than welcome not to visit it is better off without more tourists anyway.

  • ncouterbanks69 Oct 31, 3:51 p.m.

    Just heard that it will cost 8 million dollars to clear Hwy 12. This is redistribution at its worst. I have to pay gas/highway taxes to use roads and now am required to pay a toll if I want to use roads that my tax money paid for and my friends had their land taken by the state for. Why should we constantly pay for highway 12? Perhaps it should be made a toll road and charge all the out of state users. This could result is a better use of our tax money.

    LOL...please. A waste of tax payer money is supporting leeches who refuse to work. NC Hwy 12 (if you have never been there) is a wonderful stretch of road and needed because no one visits Raleigh, they come to OBX. Thanks for the taxes though!

  • 101jackson101 Oct 31, 3:39 p.m.

    Sure are some hateful people out there, inland or on the beach, we all pay taxes are we to the point it is the beach people vs the inlanders. I'm quite sure those who live in that area pay quite their share in taxes. This country truly is going down the sewer from hateful ignorance of some.

  • Hip-Shot Oct 31, 3:30 p.m.

    The Outer banks are and always have been a dynamic environment. Examples include the fact that the Bodie Island lighthouse used to be on the North Shore of Oregon Inlet, but is now over a mile away and Oregon Inlet itself was named after the first ship to successfully navigate it after it was carved out by a storm. The Oregon Inlet bridge has a catwalk on the North end to fish off of, which is now over land.

    The point I'm making is that we should enjoy the area for what it is and realize that nature is stronger than we are, and it's folly to try to conquer it. Eventually nature wins. If you build on it you should be willing to lose what you have. Highway 12 will continually have to be rebuilt and moves as nature shifts the land mass over the years.

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Oct 31, 3:23 p.m.

    May they all get the help they so much deserved. It could have been right here in NC. God bless the people etc. that are helping these people because of the dangerous storm. My condolences to those who had a lost of a love one. May God continue to bring all of you comfort and peace.

  • affirmativediversity Oct 31, 3:12 p.m.

    If it's damaged by wind how is it any different than a home damaged by a tornado? per Billfisher

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    There is one huge difference between Outer Bank hurricane damage and tornadoes .... tornadoes rarely strike the exact same area twice (not that it can't happen but it is extremely rare) and then there is the Outer Banks with its almost weekly storm damage(okay that may be a bit of a stretch...but only a bit)...heck Hwy 12 has been washed out so often that I swear they could use the same pic storm after storm.

    The Outer Banks gets damaged every time it is the weather center even hints that a storm might be coming up the coast...heck, it doesn't even seem to make a difference where the storm actually hits (Florida, South Carolina, Virginia or New Jersey) the Outer Banks sustain damage!

    Time to let Mother Nature reclaim the Outer Banks!

  • cantstandgoloanymore Oct 31, 2:36 p.m.

    patrick85ed - unfortunately you have people like JustAName who believe that they are paying for the repairs to the coast. They have absolutely no idea that those on the coast pay property taxes (usually substantially more than those in Cary due to propety values) just like they do. They completely fail to take into account the massive amounts of tourist taxes that are taken in on the coast. Hotel, rental, prepared food tax, and so on, that amount to substaintially more than Cary will ever put into the system. They are just whiny moaners who can't afford to live on the coast so they complain about any expense made towards it. $8 million in repairs? That is 1 days take in taxes from the outer banks hotel tax alone during the summer.

  • americaneel Oct 31, 2:30 p.m.

    patrick85ed...We will send over a box of kleenexes on the next ferry run

  • JustAName Oct 31, 1:57 p.m.

    "Much more of OUR tax dollars are wasted in your area than in ours." - patrick85ed

    If my house catches on fire, my insurance doesn't get subsidized by the rest of the tax payers in the state. As a resident of Cary, I know that we send out more tax dollars than we receive back in. Basnight sent a tanker ship full of tax dollars to his district in the outer banks. There's a 4 lane highway that can be followed to his restaurant.

  • MonkeyFace Oct 31, 1:32 p.m.

    well said patrick85ed

  • dontstopnow Oct 31, 1:21 p.m.

    Hwy 12 is not a very wise road at all. Maybe they need to bring the thing up and build it like the Chesapeake bay bridge.. Will need that one day anyway since that area will all be under water. The sand barges were meant by nature to move with the years of current but someone decided to sell it and let people build on it. Now you have the problem we have at the coastal areas. Houses falling into the ocean every time a major storm comes though. How silly to allow such building so close to the ocean.

  • patrick85ed Oct 31, 1:08 p.m.

    For all of you complaining abour insurance, wind damage, or flood damage costs..... as a resident of the outer banks I say plase remember this the next time someones house burns down in Durham or a tornado hit's it in Carborough, or Crabtree creek floods them out. Just because you CHOSE to live in the Triangle don't hate on those of us that CHOSE to live on the Outer Banks. Much more of OUR tax dollars are wasted in your area than in ours.

  • LKG-Lover Oct 31, 12:53 p.m.

    I agree with 'disgusted'. It is STUPID to bebuild hwy 12 after every storm washes it out. Why do they continue to build this road on a sand dune. What do they expect to happen after the next storm. I say don't rebuild the road. Increase the ferry service and restrict vehicles on the outer banks to golf carts only. 8 million dollars could help our schools more than it will by building another temporary road.

  • disgusted2010 Oct 31, 12:15 p.m.

    Just heard that it will cost 8 million dollars to clear Hwy 12. This is redistribution at its worst. I have to pay gas/highway taxes to use roads and now am required to pay a toll if I want to use roads that my tax money paid for and my friends had their land taken by the state for. Why should we constantly pay for highway 12? Perhaps it should be made a toll road and charge all the out of state users. This could result is a better use of our tax money.

  • oleguy Oct 31, 11:31 a.m.

    Looks like water damage to me, Looking at the arial views some of those places are about a foot past ocean front.

  • Billfisher Oct 31, 9:53 a.m.

    If it is damaged beyond repair, they should not be allowed to rebuild...
    immaannoid

    If it's damaged by wind how is it any different than a home damaged by a tornado?

  • Billfisher Oct 31, 9:52 a.m.

    oops, that's right, the rest of us in the state pay higher insurance rates to rebuild your houses on the beach. Sure you a little extra but the rest of us have to pay more for you also.
    chrisnrali

    Feel free to move to Ohio.

  • chrisnrali Oct 31, 8:53 a.m.

    I don't have ANY sympathy for someone who builds a house or owns a house on the beach and whines about it being damaged or destroyed by the ocean. You pay a price for living near such beauty. oops, that's right, the rest of us in the state pay higher insurance rates to rebuild your houses on the beach. Sure you a little extra but the rest of us have to pay more for you also.

  • immaannoid Oct 31, 8:48 a.m.

    If it is damaged beyond repair, they should not be allowed to rebuild...

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