Park Service employees did the last of debris clean-up from Hurricane
Irene on the north end of Ocracoke Island on Thursday, Dec. 1.
ranger Kenny Ballance explained that ferry riders had alerted him to
large pieces of debris littering the soundside beach near the north end
the help of about eight NPS employees from the Hatteras and Bodie
Island districts in the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, the group
spent the morning gathering enough debris for three dump truck loads.
the flotsam were propane tanks, a refrigerator, wood from docks and
walls, as well as other small trash items.
Collins, district foreman at Ocracoke, noted that all of the debris on
the oceanside of the island washed away weeks ago, but the stuff his
co-workers collected on Thursday had just remained on the soundside
beach since the Aug. 27 storm, from which Ocracoke was largely spared.
said all the debris would be taken to the Park Service grounds and
separated. Some of it would be recycled.
explained that Collins worked with his boss, John Kowlok, chief of
maintenance for the seashore, who also participated on Thursday, to
bring other NPS workers to Ocracoke in order to get the project done
appreciate their help,” Ballance said. “This was a positive
partnership among the districts.”
Park Service still has more work to do post-Irene, particularly
three-fourths of the mile markers along the beach were washed away, and
the Park Service will work on reinstalling them in early 2012, Ballance
markers are a crucial in the beach areas outside the protected
(swimming) area,” he said. “People use them to tell us where they are
of mile markers should be done by April 1, he said. Deciding on that
timing depends on the threat of northeasters, any one of which could
wash the signs away again.
signs at Ramp 59 also will be replaced, Ballance said.
also noted that the post-Irene dune repair along Highway 12 on the
island has been completed, although that is an North Carolina
Department of Transportation project.