OUTER BANKS, N.C. (WAVY) — Residents and property owners of the Outer Banks will be able to get back into some areas of the region beginning Saturday morning as Hurricane Florence slowly moves away.
Citizens will be able to get back into the towns of Corolla and Carova beginning at 7 a.m. on Saturday. Dare County officials anticipate the same re-entry time for areas north of Oregon Inlet including Nags Head, Manteo and other towns.
A re-entry pass or proof of address, such as a driver’s license or tax bill, will be needed to get back into the areas, according to a press release.
Due to the severe weather conditions that remain in the area, Dare County is still restricting access for motorists attempting to travel south on North Carolina Highway 158 across the Wright Memorial Bridge.
Parts of North Carolina Highway 12 on Hatteras Island were still closed on Friday because of ocean overwash. NCDOT is working to clear the roads and bridges so access to the island can be granted.
Both Currituck County and Dare County will remain in a State of Emergency until further notice.
The ban on alcohol sales in Currituck County was also lifted on Friday and will go into effect at noon, according to a press release. Officials say the ABC store located in Corolla may open later than noon due to Dare County travel restrictions affecting store employees.
10 On Your Side’s Tamara Scott spoke with some of the residents as they were waiting to get through the checkpoints on the Wright Memorial Bridge and get back home.
“The weight, the anxiety…it was tremendous. Today has been the first day of normalcy, even though we didn’t get as bad as I’ve seen it before it’s still a weight lifted,” said Outer Banks resident Tracey Jones.
The line of cars across the bridge waiting to get back into the Outer Banks stretched as far as the eye could see on Highway 158, but many of the residents were just happy to finally come home and get back to normal.
Gladys Deli tells 10 On Your Side, “It’s nice that they give us a day to like set in and get ready before the tourists come back. It’s hectic, but we love them.”
Dare County officials say vacationers and other guests will be will be able to enter areas north of Oregon Inlet beginning Sunday at 7 a.m.