Outer Banks road reopens after weekend washout

Posted November 17, 2009
Updated November 18, 2009

— The damage left behind by remnants of Tropical Storm Ida was slowly disappearing from the Outer Banks Tuesday.

The state Department of Transportation reopened a stretch of N.C. Highway 12 north of Rodanthe on Hatteras Island and ended emergency ferry routes used to connect Rodanthe and the Dare County mainland.

Gov. Bev Perdue toured the area Tuesday. She has said she would seek federal help for Dare County residents to clean up after recent flooding.

The county was the hardest hit when 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.

A flood warning remained in effect for Martin County Tuesday. Lingering rough surf and rip currents were present along the coasts of Dare, Hyde and Carteret counties, the National Weather Service reported.

The reopening of N.C. 12 means the end of a temporary access road available only to  four-wheel drive vehicles heading to and from Nags Head. Ferry service was expected to resume a normal schedule Wednesday morning.


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  • GoGreen Nov 18, 2009

    "Wonder how the tree huggers, bird lovers and turtle lovers will handle this impact on habitat". Think they can get enough pull with "mother nature" to keep the sea from impacting "habitat" like they have with vehicles on the beach?!?!"

    I'm quite fine with it. Birds and sea turtles have been dealing with it for eons. I think they will adjust.

  • GoGreen Nov 18, 2009

    "Most of the ancestors of these outer bankers were the first ones to live in our state. How many of you would want to leave where your family has lived for centuries?"

    So this is categorically untrue. Early settlers were intelligent enough to find shelter, i.e. a protected harbor or behind an inlet. I mean, have you not heard of Roanoke Island? It is protected from direct impact of coastal storm by a barrier island (peninsula actually). Even those who made their living by the sea had the good sense to hide from direct impact. Living on a barrier island came from early lighthouses. It is a relatively new phenomenon. Recall, as recently as 100 years ago, most rural folks grew their own food. Hard to grow food in sand.

  • luvbailey Nov 17, 2009

    Apparently, the morning screener did not like my reply, so let me try again.

    I was joking. It was a joke. Of course we should clean up the rock slides. And we should continue to clean up the coast. Yes, there are a few people who think the coast should look like it did when Verrazano, Raleigh and the others found it 500 years ago. Sorry folks, it ain't gonna happen. There is a local economy. There are people just like you who live there, whose families have lived there for centuries. Many of these people are relatively poor. Even if they wanted to "just move" as you would have them do, they have no monetary means to do so. Why should we all shoulder part of the cost of caring for this area. For the same reason that I pay for national parks that I will never visit, or even have any desire to visit. Yep, there are a few wealthy indiviuals who have homes on the beach front. Good for them. At least we have a place to spend the night instead of every visit being a day trip.

  • holycow - lover of Pi Nov 17, 2009

    Glomae... I'm with you. Ignore the ones who like to pigeon-hole folks into their idea of categories. There'll always be some idiot who wants to leave the beach "in its natural state" without giving full consideration of what they are talking about.

  • Glomae Nov 17, 2009

    When another storm hits the other areas of the state (ex. Fran) or an ice storm puts out lights for days, don't want to hear complaining from all of you.

    Not all property on the beaches belong to millionaires. Most of the ancestors of these outer bankers were the first ones to live in our state. How many of you would want to leave where your family has lived for centuries? Oh, that's right all you transplanted North Carolinians...

  • ncbobby Nov 17, 2009

    "Wonder how many teachers' salaries could be paid for this Outer Banks trip."

    Answer = 1% of one teacher. C'mon... it is 2 tanks of gas and maybe a few meals.

    There are actually some people that live there year around that provide all of the services you expect when you vacation at the banks (wait staff, cooks, grocery store employees, police, fire, doctors, nurses, garbage collectors. If your neighborhood was destroyed, wouldn't you want to see your leaders?

  • gordonbabe Nov 17, 2009

    I can just see it now... "Yup, that sure is a big mess you got there. And wet too. Mind if I get another cup of coffee?"

  • wildervb Nov 17, 2009

    joey0129, It's great having a coast we can all enjoy.

    This doesn't mean we should help subsidize people's million dollar beach front homes. The beach is best left in its natural state. Then when a wash out occurs nobody is harmed.

    We could have ferry access to prime beach front areas that people can enjoy for the day.

  • Igor Nov 17, 2009

    if you choose to live on or near the coast you should accept the financial burden of YOUR CHOICE! I'm not paying for it! -

    Well then leave NC...please

  • joey0129 Nov 17, 2009

    "Why is coastal NC such a financial burden on the rest of NC?"

    What a stupid comment...'re right, all the tax dollars generated from coastal NC tourism is such a financial burden to the state!
    We're lucky to have a such beautiful coastal's a privilege not a burden. I live in Wilmington and yeah we get hit bad every now and then with a hurricane or tropical storm but that's the price you pay.
    Try moving to Kansas or somewhere that doesn't have a coastal region to "burden" you.