OUTER BANKS, N.C. (WITN) — A federal judge has given preliminary approval to award millions of dollars in damages after that big blackout last summer on the Outer Banks.
Power was out in parts of Dare and Hyde counties for eight days after workers building the new Bonner Bridge severed underground power lines for Hatteras and Ocracoke islands.
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PCL Civil Constructors was sued in the class action lawsuit and plans to settle for $10.35 million. The lawsuit covered businesses, renter and residents on the islands who incurred losses because of the outage.
The two islands were evacuated of more than 60,000 tourists during the height of the summer season.
Those not wanting to be part of the class action settlement can still file exclusions.