Nor'easter Drops Channel Depth At Bonner Bridge

There's a warning out for boaters along the Outer Banks who use the Oregon Inlet.

The U.S. Coast Guard says there is shoaling near the center span of the Bonner Bridge. A survey this week by the Army Corps of Engineers found water depths as low as two feet in the channel that runs through the main bridge span.

The Coast Guard says the shoaling has been driven by the recent nor'easter and has accelerated during the past two weeks. Water levels prior to this had been around 18 feet.

Boaters are urged to use caution, and to limit use of the channel only during high tides.


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  • by rosa Location: ohio on Nov 22, 2011 at 02:39 PM
    wow amazing, move everyone off the island, that's rich,I guess I sense a tinge of envy? you can't live there so maybe no one else should either? outer banks pay plenty of taxes. they are entitled to same benefits as we get here on the mainland.
  • by OBXer Location: OBX on Nov 18, 2011 at 08:34 AM
    @obx: So your plan is to nationalize the entire OBX? You're a genius! just make sure the Government writes all of us a check matching the tax value of our homes & businesses
  • by OBX lover Location: Manteo on Nov 18, 2011 at 06:24 AM
    Just let it fill in. Of the money that was quoted most are tourist that are not using boats. Most are renters and beach go'ers.
  • by 250 Location: Jax on Nov 17, 2011 at 02:10 PM
    Guess it's a good thing ole bev paid off the new DOT dredger. How's that expression go? Roll with the tides. Obviously someone left GOD out of the loop when directing that there always be 10 foot deep water in the channel from start to finish. Better look before ya leap. still waterruns deep. "Rose Garden".
  • by WhyILoveobama on Nov 17, 2011 at 08:51 AM
    Looks like obama finally made the tides receed.
  • by booger Location: enc on Nov 17, 2011 at 08:29 AM
    Just let it fill in and build a road. There's a new inlet a little further down. The fishermen will be alright!
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      by obx on Nov 17, 2011 at 09:40 AM in reply to booger
      Good idea so the state can spend even more money building a new bridge and road
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        by OBXer on Nov 17, 2011 at 10:51 AM in reply to obx
        OK, no new road and no bridge and no dredging. There is about 1 Billion dollars worth of fishing industry and tourism out here. What is your plan?
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          by booger on Nov 17, 2011 at 11:11 AM in reply to OBXer
          My plan is move everybody off the islands, and quit using taxpayer money to rebuild things that get destroyed every couple of years. That'll save about 2 Billion! What's YOUR plan?
    • reply
      by Anonymous on Nov 17, 2011 at 12:06 PM in reply to booger
      build a road? how is a boat going to cross a road?
      • reply
        by me on Nov 17, 2011 at 08:56 PM in reply to
        On a boat trailer. Duh!
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      by obx on Nov 17, 2011 at 05:01 PM in reply to booger
      In 2010 Dare county had the fourth highest total spending in the state at over $830 million dollars in just tourism dollars not to mention revunue produced from other means. This was an 8.8% increase. A total of more than $1.2 billion dollars was spent in the 15-county northeast region, an increase of 5.6%. So I say keep dredging & keep the bridge.
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