HATTERAS, N.C. (WAVY) — Officials on Thursday granted unrestricted access to the rest of Dare County following Hurricane Dorian.
Emergency management officials in Dare County said people were allowed back on the Hatteras Island villages of Frisco and Hatteras beginning at noon on Thursday.
The decision to reopen those areas comes days after officials started to allow partial reentry to parts of the county. Unrestricted access to the villages of Rodanthe, Waves and Salvo started on Tuesday.
Dorian hammered the Outer Banks last week as a powerful Category 1 hurricane. The storm made landfall over Cape Hatteras Friday morning, bringing strong wind gusts, storm surge and heavy rainfall to the vulnerable barrier islands.
Hundreds of people were stranded on Ocracoke Island — located to the southwest of Hatteras — after the community was inundated with floodwaters.
The National Park Service also opened most Hatteras Island visitor areas in the Cape Hatteras National Seashore at noon on Thursday. A list of areas and services back open on the seashore can be found here.
Visitor areas and services on Ocracoke Island are still closed. The ferry between the two islands is not accessible to visitors, park service officials said.
Superintendent David Hallac said in a statement Wednesday, “While the Seashore is pleased to reopen almost all visitor areas on Hatteras Island, some park areas, businesses, and many community members are still recovering from the harsh impacts of Hurricane Dorian. We ask for your patience while the community continues to recover.”
Dare County officials said Wednesday public works crews will begin debris removal inside the gate at Colington Harbor on Monday. Homeowners in that area have been asked to put all debris in right-of-way as the county only has resources to make one trip through each neighborhood.
Residents are asked to place debris into four separate piles at least 30 feet from fire hydrants.
- Vegetative Debris (limbs, leaves, branches, sea grass, etc.). No bagging.
- Construction and Demolition Materials (building materials, concrete, shingles, etc.).
- Metal (appliances).
- Household Hazardous Waste and Electronics (oil, bleach toilet cleaner, televisions, computers, etc.).
Officials said crews are expected to begin debris removal in Martin’s Point on Thursday, after work is completed in Colington Harbor.
Aside from the residential areas, a handful of protected sites are still closed to visitors. The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality said several sites with the N.C. Coastal Reserve & National Estuarine Research Reserve program are still closed for safety reasons.
- Currituck Banks Reserve near Corolla
- Kitty Hawk Woods Reserve in Kitty Hawk
- Buxton Woods Reserve on Hatteras Island