Ocracoke was flooded by soundside storm surge from Hurricane Sandy by Sunday morning.
don’t think anyone was expecting this much water so soon,” said Sgt.
Jason Daniels of the Hyde County Sheriff’s Department from his home
along Old Beach Road. Daniels is on duty but not driving
around in the flooded streets, although expects to do so sometime today.
10 this morning, Daniels said he and another deputy might take a tour
around the island around noon in their military truck, but he was
concerned that the truck will push a large wake sending more water onto
properties already flooded.
With a state of emergency declared
for Hyde County, officials do not have to respond to emergency calls to
911, although he noted that there have been no emergency calls yet.
“High tide this afternoon is worrying me,” he said.
six inches on the road already,” said Chip Stevens from his home on
Irvin Garrish Highway in the village. He said he walked around
and noticed water on all the roads. Some of the docks on Silver Lake
were under water.
“When the wind switches around to the
northwest, and we get the soundside water (later today) we’ll really
see some water,” he said.
Stevens’ front yard is where the First
Annual Blackbeard’s Pirate Fest encampment by Blackbeard’s Pirate Crew
was supposed to be held. He and organizers will announce a new date for
the festival after the storm passes, damage is assessed, and pirate
schedules are coordinated.
Stevens, his wife, and their two children, are keeping busy with school projects while the storm keeps everyone inside.
Howard, the new executive director of the Ocracoke Preservation
Society, and who lives at Lawton Lane and Howard Street, was busy
updating her father, Philip Howard’s, island blog.
“We’re dry,” she said, although she noted that water was just starting to show on historic Howard Street.
renamed School Road, ‘School River,’” she said about photos she took up
the street. Her photos, as well as those by other islanders, can be
seen on the blog site at www.villagecraftsment.com. Click on
Rita Thiel, along Middle Road, experienced a 90-minute power outage early this morning.
Her entire yard is flooded and she was concerned about the safety of the more than a dozen feral cats that she feeds.
County Manager Mazie Smith is on the island, along with Justin Gibbs,
Hyde County EMS director. They have set up their Emergency Operations
Center at the Ocracoke Community Center instead of Swan Quarter, the
“The mainlaind is OK, but with the roads and the
ferries, this is where I need to be to fight for the citizens and the
county,” she said.
By evening, Ocracoke Island businesses were all closed.
Ocracoke gas station at the Beachcomber Campground closed at 2 p.m.
when water got up to the door, said Sgt. Jason Daniels of the Hyde
County Sheriff’s Department.
He drove around the island
around 4 p.m. and reported that all was quiet. Earlier in the day,
while Highway 12 was flooded from the Creekside Cafe all the way out
the village northward, he stopped a few cars to tell them to slow down
so as to not make a wake causing flood waters to further harm property.
He noticed a half dozen people walking around the village.
He said he would not drive the island tonight night while the tide is rising.
“I’ll go out in the morning,” he said.
That’s when the water is supposed to rise again.
County manager Mazie Smith was back in her motel room by 7:30 p.m. after a day in the Community Center.
has been great,” she said, noting that all (but the wind and rain) was
quiet. “They heeded the warnings and stayed in.”
Volunteer Fire Department’s chief reported in the afternoon that one of
his volunteers, Van O’Neal, was driving his two-and-a-half ton military
truck (dubbed “the Double Deuce”) around to pick up ferry workers and
take them to the ferries.
Albert O’Neal is the ferry master,
and said crews have been stationed at the ferry docks and have to make
sure that the ferries are secure, although they currently are not
Jennifer Rich, who lives along Silver Lake, took a few
photos of the flooding. After that, she and her husband Bill were
spending the day “chilling.”
“Watching TV. Doing nothing,” she said. “All the things I never get to do. I never get to do just