10/29/12

Soundside Flooding Expected through Tuesday Morning

Provided by Dare County Joint Information Center
5:30 p.m. October 29, 2012

Widespread soundside flooding is expected to occur now through Tuesday morning as the back portion of Hurricane Sandy passes the Outer Banks. Dare County Emergency Management advises everyone to stay indoors. If travel is necessary, use extreme caution and stay out of all barricaded areas. Be prepared for the following –

Roanoke Island/Manteo/Wanchese

Prepare for inundation of 4 to 6 feet above ground. Causeway and downtown Manteo will have flooding over town docks. Highest impacts will be seen after sunset.

Northern Portions – Including Municipalities

Prepare for inundation along soundside areas of 4 to 6 feet. Water intrusion in lower floors of low lying buildings is possible. Move high value items to higher ground, including vehicles and boats.

Mainland Dare County –

Manns Harbor and Stumpy Point should expect inundation of 4 to 6 feet above ground with flooding of low lying structures. Vehicles and boats should be relocated to higher ground.

Hatteras Island –

Soundside flooding will continue through the evening with 4 to 6 feet in the Rodanthe, Waves, and Salvo Villages.

NC Highway 12 south of Oregon Inlet remains closed due to sand and water on the roadway. NCDOT will continue working to clear the road, assess damage and make repairs to reopen it as quickly as possible.

NCDOT has suspended ferry service between Hatteras Village and Ocracoke. Operations will return to normal as soon as winds diminish and conditions are safe. NCDOT road information is available by calling 511 or online at www.ncdot.gov/travel

Visitors should consult with their accommodations provider before traveling to the area.

County offices south of Oregon Inlet will be closed on Tuesday, October 30. All other County offices will open on regular schedule, at 8:30 a.m.

One-stop early voting will be available Tuesday, October 30 as scheduled at the Baum Center in Kill Devil Hills and at the Elections Office in Manteo, but is cancelled at the Fessenden Center in Buxton. For more information about one-stop early voting, call the Dare County Board of Elections Office between 8:30 and 5:00 p.m. at 252-475-5630.

Dare County Public Works has cancelled garbage collection for Tuesday, October 30.

Town of Duck –

At this time, there is no flooding on Duck Road (NC 12) throughout the Town of Duck. There is standing water in the normal areas on Duck Road (NC 12). Stay indoors; and if travel is necessary, use caution and be alert for dangerous road conditions. As conditions warrant, updates will be posted on the Town’s website at www.townofduck.com.

Residential regular trash WILL be picked up on Tuesday, October 30, 2012. Residential regular trash containers should be curbside before 5:30 a.m. on Tuesday, October 30, 2012. Commercial regular trash collection will resume on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 as regularly scheduled.

Recycling pick up is cancelled for this week. Recycling will be picked up on Monday, November 5, 2012.

Town of Kill Devil Hills –

A curfew has been established in Kill Devil Hills for all areas east of US 158/Croatan Highway in Kill Devil Hills, from 7:00 o’clock p.m. on Monday, October 29, 2012 until 7:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 30, 2012.

Because hazardous conditions exist along town and state rights of way, which include NC 12/Virginia Dare Trail and cross streets between NC 12 and US 158/Croatan Highway, and because there continues to exist a threat of damage or destruction of property in these areas, only emergency response personnel will be allowed access to any area east of US 158 after 7:00 p.m. tonight and until 7:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 30th.

Additional travel and access restrictions may be implemented by the Police Department should conditions warrant.

The administrative offices of the Town of Kill Devil Hills closed at noon today and will reopen to conduct the business of the town at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday.

Town of Kitty Hawk –

Kitty Hawk Police report that ocean water is covering all lanes of Highway 158 between milepost 4 and 4.5. Low riding vehicles are being turned around. As high tide approaches, it is a strong possibility that Highway 158 will be closed. All of NC Highway 12 and streets between Highway 12 and Highway 158 remain closed due to flood waters ranging from 4 to 6 feet. Rumored power shut offs in the Town are not true. At this time Dominion Power has no planned shut offs.

The Town has received permission to begin pumping operations between Highway 158 and Highway 12 and will do so as soon as the flood waters begin to recede.

Town of Nags Head –

Town of Nags Head offices closed at 1 pm today, but are scheduled to re-open tomorrow, Tuesday, October 30 at 8:30 a.m.

Town of Southern Shores –

Due to the potential for ocean over wash on NC Hwy. 12 “Duck Rd.” in Southern Shores, Southern Shores is under an Emergency Declaration with no conditions at this time. Drivers are advised to take extreme caution.

Other Storm Related Information –

If electrical power is lost, local service providers can be reached at the following numbers:

Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative, Outage Reporting Number: 866-511-9862
Dominion Power: 1-866-DOM-HELP (366-4357)
Tideland EMC: 252-943-3046

The next scheduled update will be available at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, October 30. The Dare County Emergency Operations Center will be operating throughout the storm and may be reached at 252-475-5655.

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