Governor Beverly Perdue will sign an emergency declaration to help Dare County recover from last week's storm.
Perdue says declaring a state of emergency is the first step in seeking federal money to help clear debris and repair Highway 12.
“Crews are working as quickly as possible to reopen the road and coming up with alternative emergency routes in the meantime. With the tremendous amounts of rain that soaked our entire state and the high winds, we’re extremely fortunate that there was not more damage,” said the governor
Perdue is sending state damage assessment teams from the Division of Emergency Management out this week to survey the damage.
Highway 12 in Dare County remains closed Monday to regular traffic, north of Rodanthe.
While the D.O.T. is working to establish the link as soon as possible, there are three ways to access Hatteras Island.
Temporary ferry service has been established between Rodanthe and Stumpy Point. That will begin operating Tuesday morning.
Ferry service is also available from Swan Quarter through Ocracoke.
Also, one special travel lane for four wheel drive vehicles in the Mirlo Beach area of Rodanthe is available for essential travel only.
Right now there is no time line as to when the D.O.T. will be able to reopen HIghway 12 to regular traffic.
Update Regarding Hatteras Island Access
NC Highway 12 remains closed to regular traffic north of Rodanthe. NC DOT is working to re-establish the link as soon as possible.
At this time, there are three ways to access Hatteras Island.
· Temporary ferry service has been established between Rodanthe
(Myrna Peters Road by the Rodanthe-Waves-Salvo Community Building) and Stumpy Point (US 264, approximately 1/2 mile west of entrance to the village) and will begin operating on Tuesday morning, November 17. Priority may be given to emergency vehicles and essential service providers.
Stumpy Point daily departure times are 6:30 a.m., 8:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:00 p.m., and 3:30 p.m.
Rodanthe daily departures are 6:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.
· Ferry service is also available from Swan Quarter through Ocracoke. For more information, call the Ferry Division at 1-800-293-3779 and then press 1 or visit www.ncferry.org
· The special one lane travel route for four wheel drive vehicles in the Mirlo Beach area of Rodanthe is available 24 hours a day. Use of this route is for essential travel only and will be available for use until regular service is restored. Passage through this area is subject to the following restrictions -
Only four wheel drive vehicles will be allowed to use the special route.
Travel is one lane only. Be prepared to wait for on-coming traffic to clear.
May be restricted due to weather, construction or emergency vehicles.
The area ½ mile north and south to the entrance of the temporary travel
route has been declared a work zone. No parking is permitted in this area.
Further updates will be issued as needed by Dare County Emergency Management and posted on-line at www.darenc.com
The closure of Highway 12 on the Outer Banks due to high water has prompted officials to enact emergency ferry runs.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation’s Ferry Division announced Saturday that it is running the Hatteras-Ocracoke route for emergency purposes and will run a new schedule from Ocracoke to Swan Quarter today through Monday.
Due to road over wash along N.C. 12 at Rodanthe, the Ferry Division is now running the Hatteras-Ocracoke route on the hour to accommodate emergency evacuation of motorists. Also, a new schedule from Ocracoke to Swan Quarter is in place to get people over to the mainland and several runs have been cancelled at the Ocracoke-Cedar Island route.
The new Ocracoke-Swan Quarter schedule is as follows:
Departing Ocracoke Saturday at 2 p.m., 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Departing Ocracoke Sunday and Monday at 7 a.m., 8 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.
Departing Swan Quarter Saturday at 5 p.m.
Departing Swan Quarter Sunday and Monday at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 5 p.m. and 6 p.m.
The following runs on the Ocracoke-Cedar Island route have been cancelled for Sunday and Monday:
7:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. departing from Ocracoke
10:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. departing from Cedar Island
The following runs will take place as scheduled:
7:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. departing from Cedar Island
10:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. departing from Ocracoke
No reservations are required during this emergency situation. Motorists will be accommodated on a first come, first serve basis. All of these changes are dependent upon the tidal conditions on both Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands. This schedule will remain in effect until NC 12 becomes passable for the general public.