Emergency Ferry Route To Rodanthe

State officials have activated an emergency ferry route between Stumpy Point and Rodanthe to assist residents trying to return to Hatteras Island.

The N.C. Department of Transportation said a schedule is now in place to assist Dare County with re-entry.

Visitors will not be allowed to enter Hatteras Island, but will be allowed to depart.

The Pamlico Sound ferry routes have now returned to their normal fall schedule of four departures from each side on the Cedar Island-Ocracoke route and two departures from each side on the Swan Quarter-Ocracoke route.

Hyde County Emergency Management said visitors will not be allowed entry.

The Hatteras-Ocracoke route will begin operating once sand is cleared off N.C. Highway 12 from Ocracoke Village to the ferry dock.