DARE COUNTY: Officials Say Hatteras Island Cut Off

Officials say 2,500 people on Hatteras Island on North Carolina's Outer Banks have been cut off by damage from Hurricane Irene.

Dare County officials said Sunday they will use ferries to take supplies to the island, which is unreachable because of problems on state Highway 12.

Officials said they don't know how much damage the storm caused.

County manager Bobby Outten says no one is being allowed on the Bonner Bridge and three sections of NC 12 are impassable because of damage from the sand and water.

He says ferries will be the lifeline to Hatteras Island until the road damage can be repaired. He didn't know how long that might take.

County Commissioner Chairman Warren Judge says flooding from Pamlico Sound was "epic" in some neighborhoods.


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  • by Clifton Location: Washington on Aug 30, 2011 at 05:30 PM
    I applaude those who felt safe enough to stay at the Outer banks. I'm sure had they not felt safe, they would of left. I've made many friends while making deliveries by truck while working with Campbell Trucking (CTI). From Ocracoke to Kill Devel Hills and back into Manteo and Manns Harbor. Had I felt safe enough, I would have stayed in my home also. But we went to one of the local shelters. There's an awful lot of tax money that travels from the Outer Banks to Raleigh. We need to keep Highway 12 operational for more reasons than having a place to visit. Prayers to everyone from those areas.
  • by Helen Location: Dalton,Ga on Aug 30, 2011 at 12:25 PM
    I would like more info on the small island of waves,rodanthe and salvo north carolina. I have a daughter that i'm not able to reach with her small dog and some friends that were trying to help other people get out of their homes that were flooded, we have seen few pictures of anything at all except the breech on highway 12 and not have spoken with her in three days since they lost their land line on a tiny island of waves, we don't know if they have fresh water and food now, please show more pictures of the area, thank you!
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      by Helen on Aug 31, 2011 at 03:43 AM in reply to Helen
      Like Helen from Dalton, Ga I also have a daughter who lives in Rodanthe. I am anxious for news. Here in the UK I am dependent on internet news - and it doesn't look good. Is there anybody out there with updates? KInd regards Helen - UK
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        by Anonymous on Aug 31, 2011 at 05:44 AM in reply to Helen
        If you can, listen to the local radio station which has become an information source, via streaming radio at www.beach104.com. Good luck!
  • by obxwindy Location: obx on Aug 29, 2011 at 09:57 PM
    To all the people complaning about your vacations being ruined ,just so you know,we'd rather not have you rubbernecking our pain and lost while we work on our homes,and we can manage without your money.
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      by Spence on Sep 1, 2011 at 10:09 AM in reply to obxwindy
      Without the visitors there would be no economy for the Banks so no, you can't manage without our money. And in fact you already have it as we had to pay in advance and probably won't get it back. I'm sorry for the residents but I also am sorry that the vacation I already paid for is almost certainly gone.
  • by Betty Location: PA. on Aug 29, 2011 at 03:15 PM
    Our family has been coming to obx for years. Anyone who visits knows that it is the chance you take in the summer months. I watched the weather channel and fox news and they did an excellant job in all of the states that where impacted. No one has anything to complain about. The ones we should all be praying for are the loved ones lost due to the storm and the people who now have to rebuild for others like myself to come and enjoy the ocean and its wonders!!! Praying for all who are directly involved. Including EMS,fire, police and electric workers. Maybe this could be a blessing for those who get hired to do any jobs that are opening due to the storm...Count your blessings one by one!!! Nags Head is our spot. How did it fair??
  • by Sue Location: VA on Aug 29, 2011 at 10:34 AM
    Why are you angry with the residents of the Outer Banks? THEY didn't cause the storm. They stayed so they'd BE THERE to get things back in order ASAP! They WANT to get the roads fixed, the debris cleared, the power and water running, etc. so visitors can resume ENJOYING vacations in paradise. Instead of threatening them with taking your $$$ elsewhere, why don't you donate that money to the Red Cross and/or other recovery organizations? That would certainly help the OBX-ers get back on their feet so you can enjoy their hospitality next year!!!
  • by Mike Location: Onslow. on Aug 29, 2011 at 10:31 AM
    Permanent residents should NOT have been allowed to build a "permanent structure on the surface of a "barrier island"! Any further developement should be ceased yesterday. Would really like to see a list of what polaticians got "fat and happy" from voting in Hiway 12.
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      by CritterLover on Aug 29, 2011 at 12:32 PM in reply to Mike
      don't be mad just because you can't afford one.
  • by CritterLover on Aug 29, 2011 at 09:45 AM
    Duckie, we leave if the storm will be substantial (Cat. 3 ), but for something as piddly as Irene, we stick it out. I don't see a single Hatterasman or Hatteraswoman complaining, they just want to get their lives back together.
  • by michelle Location: va on Aug 29, 2011 at 09:08 AM
    I love the Outer Banks myself and I would love to come and help with clean up. We come to OBX atleast 3-4 times a year and my father in law also lives there. We spoke with him this am and like he said, there is nowhere for anyone to stay seeing that the water levels were very high and damaged most of the homes(whether rentals or permanent). There is no way they will be prepared for anyone seeing that grocery stores, restuarant, etc. have no supplies to accomodate anyone. The beaches may be okay for people, but what about everything else. I would hope that everyone would realize that this area is loved by many people from OBX and from people that vacatioin there. Ugly comments by locals or vacationers don't help the situation and only positive thoughts will bring back the OBX to where all of us can enjoy it in the near future. I hope and pray that the locals will be able to rebuild so that eventually our money will continue to help keep this beautiful area up and running, but for now, good luck and may you all be safe in the rebuild!
  • by Christie on Aug 29, 2011 at 07:28 AM
    Really I can not believe all some people worry about is there vacation really...what wasnt damaged by wind, was damaged by water down south...and also in the small communities of Manteo, Colington, Kitty Hawk, Nags Head, Manns Harbor, Wanchese...alot of people had sound water in their homes and have lost all their things (their houses), not to mention their most treaured memories...pictures etc...Please think of others during this time not just your scheduled vacation...
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      by CritterLover on Aug 29, 2011 at 08:37 AM in reply to Christie
      **APPLAUSE!!!**
  • by Anonymous on Aug 29, 2011 at 07:07 AM
    I have a second home in Frisco and I don't know what state it's in. As of yet, My property manager can't get to it. I truely appreciate those of you from who take an interest in our island and take the time to visit every year. Without the income you bring in...would we be able to rebuild??? Maybe not. Give us some time to cool off, we'll be ready for you soon.
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