are calling the breaches on Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge New New
Inlet since they are located very close to the site of a former inlet
named New Inlet, which opened and then closed after a storm some
There is one major inlet in the area, plus several smaller breaches,
that are within sight of the old ranger station and just south of the
new refuge Visitor Center.
Don Bowers, the first media photographer to get access to the area,
took these photos yesterday – Thursday, Sept. 1.
During his time at the inlet area, Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative
crews were working on the repairing the 115kV transmission lines to get
power flowing to Hatteras and Ocracoke islands from the north.
CHEC crews are using a barge provided by Cape Dredging of Buxton to
have access to the new inlet and carry the heavy equipment needed for
Yesterday afternoon, the crews secured two new poles to carry the
transmission lines across the breach. Two additional poles
needed to complete the temporary restoration.
CHEC manager Susan Flythe says that if all goes well, the temporary
transmission line could be completed by the end of the weekend.
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