MANTEO (AP) -- Officials say 2,500 people on Hatteras Island on North Carolina's Outer Banks have been cut off by damage from Hurricane Irene.
County manager Bobby Outten says no one is being allowed on the Bonner Bridge and three sections of N.C. Highway 12 on Hatteras Island are impassable because of damage from the sand and water.
Photos taken by the state Transportation Department show water across the highway near Pea Island. Only chunks of the road are visible north of Rodanthe. Power poles lie on their sides.
Hyde County officials say a half-mile of NC 12 on Ocracoke Island was also washed out.
Outten says ferries will bring supplies and people to Hatteras Island until the road damage can be repaired. He didn't know how long that might take.
The Dare County Control Group has announced the beginning of a limited re-entry procedure to portions of Dare County, to be done in priority phases, beginning at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, August 28 for Residents and Property Owners. However, The 2:00 p.m. limited re-entry procedure will not include access to Hatteras Island or the Town of Duck.
Hatteras Island is not accessible due to multiple areas of overwash on Hwy 12 north of Rodanthe.
The Town of Duck is not accessible, at this time, because of impassable roads.
Other than Hatteras Island & the Town of Duck, the 2:00 p.m. limited re-entry applies to
PRIORITY 1 ESSENTIAL PERSONNEL
Utilities, Government, Damage Assessment Teams, Medical/Health care, Hotel Employees
PRIORITY 2 RESIDENTS & CRITICAL BUSINESSES Light Blue Card) Non-Resident Essential Personnel - Food Service/Supply, Drug Stores, Banks, Gas Stations, Property Management, Insurance, Building Supply, Local Contractors, Tree Removal.
PRIORITY 3 PROPERTY OWNERS & NON-RESIDENT BUSINESSES Re-entry Sticker from 2008/2009 or drivers license with Dare County address or tax bill)
IMPORTANT NOTE: Further assessments are needed before re-entry will be permitted to Priority 4 for Visitors and the General Public. At this time, there is no re-entry for Visitors and the General Public. Look for further bulletins from Dare County Emergency Management for this information.
On Hatteras Island electric and phone service crews are on site and working to restore service as quickly as possible. NCDOT is making arrangements to deliver emergency supplies to Hatteras Island, but there will be no transport of people at this time.
People who have been displaced by the storm should call 252-475-5655. Although non-evacuees needed to be able to sustain themselves for at least 72 hours, food and shelter will be made available to those in need as quickly as possible.
Additional information -
The Town of Duck
Until further notice NC 12 through the Town of Duck is closed due to impassable roads caused by standing water and significant debris that will damage vehicles. Side roads also have debris at this time. Town personnel are still assessing storm damage. Status after initial assessment has revealed significant sound side damage. It is strongly advised that any residents still in Duck stay in their homes. It is dangerous to be out and about at this time. Water supply north of the Duck tower will be shut off due to a major line break. The water break and impassable roads will make it difficult for fire personnel to respond. Fire protection compromised. All those in Duck advised to not use open flames for lighting or cooking purposes. The Town of Duck is NOT letting anyone in at this time. There will be no exceptions. Anyone attempting to come to Duck will be turned around at Plover Dr. At such time that conditions allow NC 12 through Duck will be reopened. It is not expected that opening will be imminent.
The Town of Nags Head
Nags Head experienced flooding from the sound. Crews are currently assessing damage. Nags Head's beach nourishment project, a first for the Outer Banks area, has proven its worth. There was no ocean overwash as a result of Irene, despite high surf. Little damage to utilities - some spotty power outages. Town Hall is open tomorrow, Monday, with limited services. Building permits will be available starting Tuesday at 8:30 am. Town of Nags Head employees should call the Town's pre-arranged information line or check the web site for re-entry information. They can also contact their supervisors for additional information. Please report any hazardous materials such as LP tanks, to 911.
(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)