Outer Banks officials release information as residents return after evacuation

Outer Banks officials release information as residents return after evacuation
Posted at 4:36 PM, Sep 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-11 17:57:18-04

OUTER BANKS, N.C. – Officials are releasing information for residents of the Outer Banks after a mandatory evacuation was given prior to Hurricane Dorian.

At 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Currituck County started allowing permanent residents into the Outer Banks areas of Corolla and Carova Beach.

Because of concerns with the water utility system, residents of Corolla and Carova Beach must not use pressure washers or irrigation systems until further notice.

Currituck County said that non-resident owners were allowed back at noon Sunday, and visitors were allowed beginning at 8 a.m. Monday.

The Kitty Hawk Police Department has released information for various towns in the Outer Banks. The department says that for areas north of Oregon Inlet, unrestricted access began Sunday, September 8 at 4 p.m.

For areas south of Oregon Inlet (Hatteras Island), Dare County Emergency Management says that Priority Three reentry began Sunday at noon. Priority Three includes non-resident property owners & employees of non-critical businesses.

The County’s online reentry permitting system and detailed information about the staged reentry process is available at this link. Sand and water remains on many Hatteras Island roadways. Drive slowly and proceed with caution. Dangerous surf conditions remain. Beachgoers are asked to check ocean conditions before heading out at this link.

Unrestricted access to all areas of Dare County begins at 12 p.m. on Thursday, September 12, the Dare County Department of Health & Human Services announced on Facebook.

There is currently unrestricted access north of Oregon Inlet, including the Towns of Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head, Manteo, Roanoke Island, Colington and mainland Dare. On Hatteras Island, there is unrestricted access to the villages of Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon and the northern areas of Buxton.

Unrestricted access to the villages of Frisco and Hatteras Village will begin at noon on Thursday, September 12.

All Dare County schools were closed on Monday, September 9.

Town of Duck

  • Normal residential and commercial trash and recycling schedules will resume this week.
  • Use caution as you move about Town as there are still areas of standing water and vegetative debris. Roads are open and passable.

Town of Kitty Hawk

  • There are still roadways with debris and some areas without power. Utility and other service workers are also working in the area. Please continue to be cautious when traveling within the Town.
  • Place vegetative debris in the right-of-way. It can be no longer than 8 feet. A collection date will be published as soon as possible.
  • Trash collection will resume a normal schedule on Monday, September 9. Have your trash cans out for collection, making sure they are accessible and not blocked by storm debris.
  • Town offices will be open and resume normal operations on Monday, September 9.

Town of Kill Devil Hills

  • Preliminary damage assessments have concluded. Use caution when driving through areas that have vegetative debris on the roads. Avoid areas on the beach that have debris and refrain from disturbing debris that may have washed up from damaged structures.
  • Traffic signals remain inoperable in parts of Kill Devil Hills – drive slowly and obey the traffic cones.
  • The Town of Kill Devil Hills offices will resume regular office hours on Monday, September 9. Office hours are M-F, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    KDH Facilities closed until further notice include: the Casey R. Logan Disc Golf Course and the Paws Park. Restrooms at the Town’s parks and beach accesses are also closed. Water remains turned off at the Town’s beach accesses.
  • The Recycle and Dry Trash Drop-Off Centers remain closed today, but will resume operation during regular hours on Monday, September 9. Normal residential and commercial refuse collection schedules resume on Monday, September 9.

Town of Manteo

  • Storm surge from Hurricane Dorian overflowed into the sanitary sewer system, and portions of roads at three locations have been closed due to wastewater contamination – around the manhole at Fernando & Agona, at the entrance to the weather tower parking lot, and near the entrance to Magnolia Pavilion.
  • Barricades and signs have been placed at these locations to prevent access by cars or pedestrians.
  • Sewer & Water staff have been working since last night to mitigate these impacts, including the use of pump trucks and installation of an emergency generator until power is restored. Even if you have power from a backup generator or other source, please conserve water to minimize flows into the sewer system.
  • Water conservation efforts include not running dishwashers and washing machines, limiting the amount of water used for showering, and limiting toilet flushing.
  • National Park Service, Outer Banks Group Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, and the Wright Brothers National Memorial remain closed to all public use. All trails are closed. Do not use any park trails until they can be cleared of all downed trees.
  • Additional resources from the National Park Service began to arrive Saturday to aid in damage assessments and mitigating immediate risks to life safety.