09/14/18

Reentry Guidelines Established for Areas North of Oregon Inlet

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Bulletin #10
September 14, 2018 10:35 a.m.
Joint Information Section: (252) 475-5655

Reentry Guidelines Established for Areas North of Oregon Inlet

Areas North of Oregon Inlet (including Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head, Manteo, Roanoke Island and the Dare County mainland)

Dare County remains under a Hurricane Warning and a Storm Surge Warning that officials anticipate will remain in place through late today or Saturday due to the slow movement of Hurricane Florence.

Based on the warnings currently in place, reentry for areas north of Oregon Inlet will begin on Saturday, September 15 at 7:00 a.m for Priorities One, Two and Three. This includes essential personnel, permanent residents, essential personnel for critical businesses, non resident property owners and  non resident employees of non critical businesses.

Permanent Residents will be allowed reentry with a valid NC driver’s license with a local address or a current Dare County property tax bill or parcel data sheet. Non-resident essential personnel of critical businesses such as food service/supply, pharmacies, banks, gas stations, property management, building supply and hotels will be permitted reentry only with a permit.

It is anticipated that visitors will be allowed entry to areas north of Oregon Inlet beginning Sunday, September 16 at 7:00 a.m.

While the state of emergency is in effect and warnings from the National Weather Service remain, conditions may alter the reentry schedule.

Sign up to receive alerts directly from Dare County Emergency Management at www.darenc.com/emergencyalerts. Visit www.darenc.com/reentry for details on the staged reentry process.

Those traveling to Dare County should check road conditions for travel routes due to impacts being experienced in many areas south and west of the Outer Banks.

Hatteras Island (including villages of Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon, Buxton, Frisco and Hatteras Village)

There is no access to Hatteras Island at this time. N.C. Highway 12 on Hatteras Island remains closed due to ocean overwash and will remain closed until NCDOT can clear the road and bridges of debris, inspect for structural damage, and make repairs as necessary. Inspections will take place as soon as conditions allow.

National Park Service

All visitor facilities at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, and Wright Brothers National Memorial remain closed. National Park Service teams are assessing conditions at all three national park sites.

Updated Information from Towns

Town of Duck
Residential recycling collection for Monday, September 17, is cancelled. Residential recycling service is expected to resume on Monday, September 24.

Town of Nags Head
The town experience minor overwash and all roads are passable.

Town of Kitty Hawk
The Town has some wind blown sand on NC 12. Ocean overwash has been minor and seems to be diminishing. The Police and Fire Departments report normal call volumes throughout the evening.

Town of Manteo
The administrative offices at Town Hall will be closed until Monday, September 17.

To help prevent damage to our businesses and homes, the Town of Manteo will be enforcing our “no wake” ordinance during and after this storm event.  Do not drive through flooded streets or in hazardous conditions and obey all traffic control measures. Turn around, don’t drown.

Please conserve water during periods of heavy rain and throughout the storm event. Avoid running dishwashers and clothes washers, limit the amount of water used for showering and when flushing the toilet. Make plans to complete the usage of dishwashers and clothes washers before the start of the storm.

The Town of Manteo Wastewater Treatment Plant is equipped with a generator capable of maintaining operations during an extended power outage.

Not all of the Town of Manteo sewer pump stations have permanent generators and sewer service may be unavailable during a loss of power in certain areas until temporary or utility power is restored.

Town of Southern Shores
For your personal safety and to allow clearing crews unhindered work space, please do not walk outside after the storm, especially on streets. Southern Shores’ streets are covered with tree limbs that when wind-twisted, become dangerous hanging projectiles until cleared.

Please be cognizant of debris pick-up protocols before any yard debris is moved, or before any other type of debris is moved to a public street. Yard debris generated by a non-declared storm must follow normal limb/branch pick up rules.  Property owners and residents on private streets should be cognizant of pick up protocols before any yard debris is moved.

Any owner of property adjacent to a public canal is responsible, by Town ordinance, for removal of trees and debris which fall from the property into the canal.

Be aware of hiring non-local transient workers seeking clean-up work. Be diligent – require and check two local references before hiring. Call local authorities if any discomfort.

Southern Shores was founded in a natural area – there is no central stormwater collection and disposal system for stormwater standing in open areas, including streets. Please remember it may take several days or more, for standing storm water to naturally infiltrate into the ground. Pumping storm water from a private property onto property of another-including public streets, is prohibited. Any mechanical collection of standing stormwater by a private property owner must also include legal disposal of the collected water.

Only in cases of extreme flooding of a public street and after the resulting stormwater shows no sign of natural infiltration after typical stand times for the particular water volumes, will the USEPA and NCDEQ permit the Town to consider removing and discharging stormwater (at a permitted location – “public trust ocean beach”) to allow emergency vehicles to safely pass on the public streets.

Staged Reentry Guidelines

Priority One: Essential Personnel

Essential personnel include essential utilities personnel, government personnel, medical personnel, and damage assessment personnel.

Priority Two: Permanent Residents & Essential Personnel for Critical Businesses

Permanent Residents will be allowed reentry with a valid NC driver’s license with a local address or a current Dare County property tax bill or parcel data sheet. Non-resident essential personnel of critical businesses such as food service/supply, pharmacies, banks, gas stations, property management, building supply and hotels will be permitted reentry only with a permit.

Priority Three: Non-Resident Property Owners and Non-Resident Employees of Non-Critical Businesses

All Non-Resident Property Owner Permits with an April 1, 2018 expiration date remain valid until December 30, 2018.  Non-resident property owners will also be allowed reentry with a current tax bill or parcel data sheet with owner’s name matching current government issued id.

Non-resident employees of non-critical businesses will be allowed entry with a reentry pass issued by their employer.

Priority Four: General Public and Visitors

No reentry pass is needed for Priority Four.

The next update will be issued as needed.