09/3/10

Hatteras Island Evacuation lifting Saturday 7:00am – press release

Bulletin Number: 11

Date/Time: 9/3/2010 5:33:09 PM

Re-Entry For Hatteras Island Begins 7:00am Saturday, September 4

The mandatory evacuation issued for Hatteras Island will remain in effect until 7:00 a.m. Saturday, September 4. NCDOT has been working throughout the day to remove sand and standing water on NC Highway 12 from Hurricane Earl.

With the lifting of the evacuation order for Saturday at 7:00 a.m., access for all vehicles will be restored to the Villages of Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon, Buxton, Frisco, and Hatteras and the ferry dock.

Motorists are advised that although access will be permitted, there may be standing water on roadways throughout the area. Proceed with caution, as it is difficult to determine the water’s depth and can cause brake failure, loss of control, or vehicle flooding.

At noon today, the mandatory evacuation was lifted for the remainder of Dare County north of Oregon Inlet including the Towns of Duck, Kill Devil Hills, Kitty Hawk, Manteo, Nags Head, Southern Shores and the unincorporated areas of Dare County north of Oregon Inlet.

The bridges leading to Dare County are open and no re-entry pass is required.

Trash Pick-up for Areas serviced by Dare County Public Works
Trash pick-up will be done on the regular Monday schedule, which includes the areas of Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Colington, Buxton, Frisco, and Hatteras Village. Public Works will also be following its normal commercial pick-up schedule on Monday.

The Buxton Transfer Station/Recycling Center will be open Monday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Manteo Recycling Center at Dare County Public Works will be open Saturday and Monday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tree limbs will be accepted at both Centers in addition to the usual recycling items.

The Manns Harbor Transfer Station will be open regular hours beginning Saturday.

Town of Duck
The Town of Duck today lifted the State of Emergency for Hurricane Earl. Roads throughout the Town of Duck are now clear and totally passable. Residential trash will be picked up on the next regularly scheduled collection day, which is Monday, September 6. Commercial trash pick-up is not affected.

Town of Kill Devil Hills
The Recycle Center is expected to operate on its normal schedule Saturday from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

Town of Kitty Hawk
The Town of Kitty Hawk has rescinded their proclamation declaring a State of Emergency. The town has no ocean over wash and minor flooding due to rainwater. All roads are open. The recycling center will re-open tomorrow.

Town of Nags Head
The Town of Nags Head reports all routes open at this time. There was a little overwash in South Nags Head and only standing rain water in typical spots on South Old Oregon Inlet Road and South Virginia Dare Trail. There will be no trash collection in Nags Head today. The regular collection schedule will resume Saturday, weather permitting.

Town of Southern Shores
Mayor Hal Denny today lifted the State of Emergency proclamation existing since yesterday due to Hurricane Earl. The Public Works Department will be removing vegetative debris from town streets and rights of way over the next few business days.

National Park Service Outer Banks Group
All park visitor centers and campgrounds in Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, and Wright Brothers National Memorial are closed until further notice. The reservation system for Ocracoke Campground has been temporarily suspended. The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is closed until further notice. All ocean-side beach access for off-road vehicles is closed until a post-storm assessment can be completed.

Helpful Contact Information

Dare County Emergency Management 252-475-5655 or www.darenc.com
NC Ferry Division 1-800-BY-FERRY or www.ncferry.org
Dominion North Carolina Power 1-888-667-3000 or www.dom.com
Cape Hatteras Electric 1-866-511-9862 www.chec.coop
Tideland Electric – 1-800-637-1079 or 1-800-882-1001 www.tidelandemc.com
North Carolina Road Conditions 1-877-DOT-4YOU or www.ncsmartlink.org
North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) 1-877-DOT-4YOU
North Carolina Highway Patrol 1-800-441-6127
Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) 1-800-367-7623

Monitor local news outlets for further advisories from the National Weather Service and state and local emergency management officials. Bulletins will be issued as needed and available at www.darenc.com and on Government Access Channel 20.

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