Drenched Outer Banks deal with flood's fallout

Posted November 16, 2009

— Gov. Bev Perdue declared a state of emergency Monday for Dare County to help residents there get financial help to clean up after recent flooding.

The county was the hardest hit when the remnants of Tropical Storm Ida drenched the coast last week. While much of North Carolina received between 2 and 5 inches of rain, most of the northeastern portion of the state and the Outer Banks received 6 to 10 inches of rain during the three-day period.

The state also activated an emergency ferry route Monday between Stumpy Point and Rodanthe and canceled some ferry runs between Ocracoke-Cedar Island.

The emergency route – from the Stumpy Point dock off U.S. Highway 264 West to the Rodanthe dock on Myrna Peters Road – will run six times daily with a capacity of 40 vehicles and 300 passengers.

Departures are scheduled from Stumpy Point at 6:30 a.m., 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m; ferries leave Rodanthe at 6:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Ferries departing Ocracoke at 7:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. and those departing Cedar Island at 10:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. are suspended. Check the ferry division Web site for schedule updates.

The state Department  of Transportation closed a portion of N.C. Highway 12 Friday after waves overwashed the road and rough surf tore up about a quarter mile of asphalt there, DOT engineer Jerry Jennings said.

On Sunday, crews opened a one-lane route to four-wheel drive vehicles. The detour  skirts the damaged road just north of the village of Rodanthe.

Flood warnings remained in effect along the coast Monday.

Officials said the following beach access ramps are open for ORV use:

Bodie Island District:

  • Ramp 2, 4, and 23 are all open and passable with some debris.

Hatteras Island District:

  • Ramp 27, 30, 34, 38, 43, 49, 55 are all open and passable with some debris.
  • Ramp 43 has standing water but is accessible. Cape Point is accessible via Ramp 43.
  • Ramp 44 and 45 are closed. Salt Pond Road is flooded and remains closed.
  • The Interdunal Road between Ramp 44 and 45 is flooded and closed. The Salt Pond outflow, approximately 300 yards west of Cape Point, is draining water from the area and travel through the outflow is not recommended.
  • South of Ramp 55, the Pole Road is closed due to flooded conditions. Cable Crossing access is closed. Access to Hatteras Inlet and the Spur Road are accessible by traveling south from Ramp 55 on the ocean beach.

Ocracoke Island District:

  • Ramp 59, 67, 68 and 70 are all open and passable with some debris.
  • Ramp 72 is closed due to flooded conditions. The last remaining turtle nest on the Ocracoke Island is located just south of Ramp 70 and blocks through access to Ramp 72. The nest is expected to hatch this week.

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  • Hip-Shot Nov 16, 2009

    People seem to forget that Pea Island and Hatteras Island were once separated by New Inlet. That area is prone to this type of activity and it will continue to happen. Inlets have formed over the years and others have filled in, and man has filled in a few of his own there. It's part of the dynamics of the Outer Banks and it is something we have to get used to.

  • Slip Kid Nov 16, 2009

    Why all the chaff from those who'll never visit the obx? And if we're wasting money, I can point to some real doosies that need our inspection before abandoning working roads.

  • mpheels Nov 16, 2009

    I am an environmentalist, and I support an causeway/bridge through (or around, but that is cost prohibitive) the refuge. Gasp! In all honesty, the constant wash-out/rebuild cycle can't be good for the refuge. Every time the pavement washes out, it has to go somewhere. Then when the DOT rebuilds the runoff and exhaust from the materials and equipment go right into the refuge too. A well designed, built, and maintained causeway is an environmentally sound choice.

    Barrier islands were meant to move. Mother nature has shown time and again that there is supposed to be another inlet on Hatteras. Let it go, bridge the gap, and potentially prevent future washouts because the currents have somewhere to go.

  • Igor Nov 16, 2009

    The residents of the OBX are taxpyers too...but I guess the dessenting landlubbers on here think they are the only ones who deserve paved roads??? Get a life...

  • Deb1003 Nov 16, 2009

    The Outer Banks provides millions and millions of tourism dollars to this state. They will keep rebuilding the road, get used to it. Just as rock slides on highways will be cleared for tourism dollars to the mountains, get used to it. Just as they will continue to re-pave I-40...get used to it. LOL

  • RAINDOG Nov 16, 2009

    All together now...learn to swim,learn to swim,learn to swim, because there won't be a road there forever. I'm surprised its lasted this long and just wait till"The Big One" comes roaring up the coast,....then theres nothing left to rebuild and that day is coming. It's long overdue.

  • wildervb Nov 16, 2009

    Barrier Islands are temporary structures that migrate inward or outward depending on ocean levels and currents. The washouts will continue year after year, whether its worth it to keep repairing is questionable. At some point the small villages on the islands will be washed away as well, then I guess we can stop maintaining the road.

  • fisherphil Nov 16, 2009

    A bridge over the low spot at the s-curves in Rodanthe would be a great idea, however the National Audubon Society, Defenders of Wildlife and the Southern Enviromental law center will not allow it to be constructed do to the location of NC 12 in the Pea Island Wildlife refuge. Rather than move or elevate the road, these groups are putting the lives of the islanders and visitors at risk.

    Kudos to the NCDOT for working to get the road open and protect peoples lives.

  • TriangleMommy Nov 16, 2009

    A ferry? The spots that wash out is not a very long stretch (there are a few spots prone to washing out, each only a couple of miles long). I agree some creative engineering needs to take place out there for those stretches of road with nothing but sand dune to protect the road (with no residential/commercial structures).

    There is too much tourism for the Outer Banks to imply only the residents are affected.

  • whatelseisnew Nov 16, 2009

    Yep quit fixing it. You want to live there, get a boat. A ferry works as well.