Dare County beginning to assess damages from Arthur

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Joint Information Center
Phone: 252-475-5655 Web: www.darecountyem.com Twitter: @DareCoEM

July 4, 2014 9:45 a.m

Damage Assessment Teams Survey the Effects of Hurricane Arthur

Damage assessment teams are in the field throughout Dare County today surveying the effects of Hurricane Arthur.

Preliminary assessments indicate that overall Dare County did not suffer the impact as severely as forecasts suggested. Some of the areas that are prone to soundside flooding are dealing with high water levels this morning. Dare County officials are thankful that there was no loss of life or serious injury reported as a result of the storm.

There are scattered power outages throughout Dare County. Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative crews are out in the field on Hatteras Island working on restoration efforts. Hatteras Island outages now stand at 750. CHEC has energized the Hatteras Village dock circuit.

Dare County Emergency Management is working closely with NCDOT as their crews work to assess NC Highway 12 on Hatteras Island and survey the Bonner Bridge to assure that it did not sustain damage during the storm. In the meanwhile, access to and from Hatteras Island on Highway 12 will remain closed until further notice. This includes the Villages of Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon, Buxton, Frisco, and Hatteras.

Motorists are advised to proceed with caution. Although general access to northern Dare County is no longer restricted, you may encounter particular roads where local officials need to restrict access because of potential hazards.

Safety is an important consideration following a hurricane as homeowners and businesses survey their properties. During this process watch for outdoor hazards including loose or dangling power lines and water on roadways. Everyone is advised to stay out of the surf because rip currents and dangerous surf conditions will exist for several days.


The Joseph “Mac” Midgett Water Plant in the Villages of Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, is requesting customer’s assistance in reporting any water leaks they see under or around unoccupied dwellings and along roadways when the tide recedes. Currently the Water Plant is producing water under generator power and staying ahead of the demand. Your assistance in reporting water leaks is greatly appreciated. Call (252) 256-0490.


All NPS facilities remain closed this morning until assessments are completed, communications are checked and safety concerns are eliminated or resolved.


Electrical service outages and downed power lines can be reported to local service providers at the following numbers –

  • Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative: 866-511-9862
  • Dominion North Carolina Power: 1-866-DOM-HELP (1-866-366-4357).
  • Tideland Electric Membership Corporation: 800-882-1001