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Staged re-entry scheduled for Hatteras residents

Posted September 1, 2011

— Dare County officials say residents of Hatteras Island will be able to return to their homes in stages during Labor Day weekend.

A statement from the county Thursday said the first stage of re-entry is scheduled to begin at 6 a.m. Sunday.

The staged re-entry goes alphabetically by resident and hometown and starts with the villages of Buxton, Hatteras, and Frisco. Officials say utility service and other infrastructure in those villages makes returns to them possible.

As conditions improve in the island's other villages, their residents will be able to return.

Hurricane Irene damaged Highway 12 over the weekend. Since then, supply ferries have been running to Hatteras Island but tourists and residents who evacuated have not been able to get there. Some 2,500 people rode out the storm.

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  • fayncmike Sep 2, 2011

    "Authorities are not stopping you from taking your boat out there and stepping on a live wire or on a nail just make sure you have enough gas to get yourself back to safety and to a DR. Just do not ask me to pay your DR bills and long term care
    sunshine1040"

    "The staged re-entry goes alphabetically by resident and hometown and starts with the villages of Buxton, Hatteras, and Frisco."

    If you'd have read the article you'd know that's EXACTLY what the authorities are doing. Foolish people, in good faith, abandon their homes than aren't allowed to return. Never, I repeat, NEVER allow anyone to coerce you into leaving your home!

  • sunshine1040 Sep 2, 2011

    Authorities are not stopping you from taking your boat out there and stepping on a live wire or on a nail just make sure you have enough gas to get yourself back to safety and to a DR. Just do not ask me to pay your DR bills and long term care

  • sunshine1040 Sep 2, 2011

    Right they should not leave but then do not complain nobody well help us we ran out of food,we are out of water we are out of meds we have no way of keeping meds cold. Maybe the next storm will totally reclaim the islands and there will be no outer banks and then those that are still there will want me to pay for their property. Grow up you bought a sand bar sand bars shift

  • fayncmike Sep 2, 2011

    This is exactly why residents should never leave their homes. The authorities cannot physically force people to leave their property but they can physically restrain them from returning.