Dare County Update

Provided by Dare County Joint Information Center
1:00 p.m. November 1, 2012

Beginning Friday, November 2 at 6:00 a.m. all reentry restrictions for Hatteras Island will be lifted and ferry service will be available for everyone, including visitors. The only access to Hatteras Island is by ferry until further notice. The only priority given for emergency ferry service is for essential commodities and materials, as determined by Dare County Emergency Management and the Ferry Division.

The following ferry schedule will remain in place through Friday, November 2.

Emergency Ferry Service – Stumpy Point to Rodanthe
• Departing Stumpy Point at 6 a.m., 8, 10, noon, 2 p.m., 4 and 10; and
• Departing Rodanthe at 7 a.m., 9, 11, 1 p.m., 3, 5 and 7.

Hatteras-Ocracoke Schedule –
• Departing Hatteras at 6 a.m., 8, 10, noon, 2 p.m., 4, 6, 8, 10 and midnight; and
• Departing Ocracoke at 5 a.m., 7, 9, 11, 1 p.m., 3, 5, 7, 9 and 11.

For those utilizing the Ocracoke ferry route, keep in mind that travel from Cedar Island to Ocracoke and Swan Quarter to Ocracoke requires a reservation by calling 1-800-293-3779.

Directions – Stumpy Point Emergency Ferry Dock
100 Log Storage Road, off Highway 264. Take Highway 64 to Highway 264. Follow Highway 264 approximately 13 miles past the entrance to the village of Stumpy Point. Signs for emergency ferry service are posted to ferry entrance that will be on your left.

Directions – Rodanthe Emergency Ferry Dock
23170 Myrna Peters Road, Rodanthe. Turn west off Highway 12 onto Myrna Peters Road which is located just north of the Community Building in Rodanthe.

To assist with reentry, the Ferry Division of NCDOT is adding three runs to the Stumpy Point-Rodanthe emergency route beginning Saturday, November 3. This brings the total number of runs each day to 10 from each side.

Stumpy Point-Rodanthe Schedule will be as follows – beginning Saturday, November 3
• Departing Stumpy Point at 5 a.m., 6:30, 8, 9:30, 11, 12:30 p.m., 2, 3:30, 5 and 9:30; and
• Departing Rodanthe at 6 a.m., 7:30, 9, 10:30, noon, 1:30 p.m., 3, 4:30, 6 and 7:30.

Ferry information is available by calling 800-293-3779 (BY-FERRY) and pressing 1, or via Twitter at www.twitter.com/ncdot_ferry.

Highway 12 – Hatteras Island

Highway 12 on Hatteras Island, north of Rodanthe, remains closed due to impacts from ocean overwash. Based upon NCDOT’s initial assessment, it is projected that Highway 12 from Oregon Inlet to Rodanthe will open by Thanksgiving. Currently, Highway 12 is clear between all the villages of Hatteras Island.

Assistance –

County residents who were affected by Hurricane Sandy and are in need of assistance may contact Dare County Social Services at 475-5500 (Manteo) or 475-9320 (Frisco). Interfaith Community Outreach, a non-profit who assists with temporary, emergency crises, may also be contacted on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at 480-0070.

At this time, we are receiving few requests for assistance with hurricane clean-up or re-building. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Interfaith Community Outreach at 480-0070.

Town of Kitty Hawk –

NC 12 remains closed. As water recedes on side streets they will be open and accessible. Individuals who need to access flooded property may drive and park vehicles on open side streets and walk, if possible, to their property or business. Motorists are encouraged not to drive through flood waters or over pump hoses. Everyone also needs to be mindful and stay out of the way of pumping operations.

The Town Health Fair and Flu Shot clinic, scheduled for Thursday (today) at 2:00 pm has been postponed. A new date will be announced.

Disaster Assistance Resources

Disaster Recovery Center
United Methodist Church
(252) 475-3525
Offering clean up supplies and free labor for clean-up and removal of debris.
Open Wednesday, Thursday and Friday – 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Dare County Fire Marshal – Information on Debris Burning

After a storm people do a lot of yard work that includes the burning of leaves and yard debris. In North Carolina, more than 40 percent of all wildfires are caused by careless debris burning, making it the No. 1 cause of wildfires in the state.

With a burn permit, Dare County allows for the residential burning of leaves, tree branches, or yard trimmings originating on the premises of private residences in those areas where no public pickup is available. Burning must be done between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., and shall not create a nuisance. Permits are free.

It is always illegal to burn household trash or any other non-vegetative matter. For people who do choose to burn debris, the Dare County Fire Marshal’s Office offers the following tips to protect property and prevent wildfires:

• Always consider alternatives to burning. Leaves, grass, and stubble may be of more value if used for compost.
• Obtain a burning permit at the Dare County Fire Marshal’s Office, Dare Forestry office, a local agent authorized by Forest Ranger, or online at http://ncforestservice.gov.
• Check the weather – don’t burn on dry, windy days.
• Know your local burning laws.
• Be prepared with a water source, a shovel, and phone.
• Stay with your fire until it is completely out.

Studies have shown that taking these other measures can greatly reduce wildfires, and the loss of property associated with them. The N.C. Forest Service and U.S. Forest Service are urging residents throughout the state to keep safety in mind and exercise caution during the upcoming fall wildfire season that typically lasts from mid-October until mid-December. Also, take time now to prepare your home against wildfires. Tips on protecting your property can be found at www.firewise.org.

Dare County Planning Department – Important Information

Residents whose homes or businesses have experienced flooding of electrical outlets or electrical equipment should contact a North Carolina licensed electrician to inspect for possible electrical hazards.

Building permits are not needed for non-structural repairs such as shingle replacement. All structural repairs or improvements will require a building permit. However, there will be no building permit fee charged for storm damage repairs in unincorporated Dare County.

Updates from Dare County Emergency Management will continue to be released as updated information is available. The Dare County Emergency Operations Center may be reached at 252-475-5655. Visit www.darenc.com for updated information.

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