Published: 2009-11-16 10:01:00
Updated: 2009-11-16 17:42:34
Posted November 16, 2009
RODANTHE, N.C. — 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.
Officials said the following beach access ramps are open for ORV use:
Bodie Island District:
Hatteras Island District:
Ocracoke Island District: