The N.C. Department of Transportation Ferry Division says its emergency route at Stumpy Point that was temporarily suspended today due to low tide resumed operations with a 5 p.m. departure from Stumpy Point and a 6 p.m. departure from Rodanthe.
The Ferry Division says it monitored water levels all day and Friday afternoon sent a ferry out to check the channel. The regular 16 departure schedule will resume. However, everyone is reminded that because the channel is so narrow and shallow, there could still be problems as long as the winds continue blowing from the northeast.
The emergency ferry route schedule is:
Departing Stumpy Point at 12:30 a.m., 2 a.m., 3:30 a.m., 5 a.m., 6:30 a.m., 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 5 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 8 p.m., 9:30 p.m. and 11 p.m.; and
Departing Rodanthe at midnight, 1:30 a.m., 3 a.m., 4:30 a.m., 6 a.m., 7:30 a.m., 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., noon, 1:30 p.m., 3 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 6 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 9 p.m. and 10:30 p.m..
Ferry information is available by calling 800-293-3779 (BY-FERRY) and pressing 1, or via Twitter at www.twitter.com/ncdot_ferry.
Northeast winds have caused the emergency ferry for Hatteras Island to temporarily shut down, and now Dare County says there's a mandatory prohibition on visitors without ferry reservations to Avon, Buxton, Frisco and Hatteras Village.
There are supplies, facilities and infrastructure to safely accommodate visitors currently on the island and for those with ferry reservations. However, Dare County says suspension of the emergency ferry service has compromised the supply lines and other infrastructure needed to preserve and protect public safety for additional guests who cannot secure access via the ferry service from Swan Quarter and Cedar Island.
Once operational, the emergency ferry, from Stumpy Point to Rodanthe, will only transport critical personnel, insurance adjusters, vendors carrying essential commodities, residents, and non-resident property owners. Dare County says due to the heavy traffic demand on the Stumpy Point to Rodanthe ferries, visitors will not be able to be accommodated on the emergency ferry route.
For updated ferry information, you can call 1-800-293-3779.
Ferry spokeswoman Lucy Wallace tells WITN News that the ferry between Stumpy Point and Rodanthe shut down around midnight Friday morning. She said the channel is very shallow and narrow and that the northeast winds have pushed the water out making it unsafe for the ferry to operate. That channel is normally only about 8 feet deep.
Wallace says they are constantly watching the water levels and will resume the ferry run as soon as possible.