October 30, 2012

Emergency ferries to and from Hatteras are now running

The North Carolina Department of Transportation’s Ferry Division today announced the following route activation and schedule between Stumpy Point and Rodanthe.

Currently the ferries are not running a set schedule, but are taking the top three priorities as announced by Dare County and will begin a set schedule tomorrow according to the following information provided by NCDOT.

Emergency Route

Wed., Oct. 31, a schedule will be in place to assist Dare County with re-entry.  According to Dare County Emergency Management, Priorities One, Two and Three will have access to and from Hatteras Island.  Visitors will not be allowed to enter Hatteras Island yet, but will be allowed to depart.  Essential commodities, as determined by DCEM will have top priority.

  • Priority One includes - Essential personnel (utilities, government, assessment teams, medical/health care), white Disaster Re-entry Permit/Critical Personnel Pass required;
  • Priority Two includes - Hatteras Island residents (must have a valid NC driver’s license with Hatteras physical address), personnel of crucial businesses (Orange re-entry permit/Priority II personnel pass required); and
  • Priority Three includes - Non-resident property owners and employees of Hatteras Island businesses (2012-2013 Burgundy reentry permit required).

There will be law enforcement in place at the emergency route to determine re-entry status.

Please contact Dare County Emergency Management at (252) 473-5655 for additional information on re-entry guidelines.

The Emergency Route schedule beginning Oct. 31, 2012, will be:

  • Departing Stumpy Point at 6 a.m., 8, 10, noon, 2 p.m., 4 and 10; and
  • Departing Rodanthe at 7 a.m., 9, 11, 1 p.m., 3, 5 and 7.

There will be two emergency ferry runs this evening.  The last ferry will depart Rodanthe at 7 p.m. and the last one from Stumpy Point will depart at 10:00 p.m.

There may be areas along NC 12 that are impassable at this time due to sand and water on the road, but NCDOT continues working and expects to have all areas of NC 12 south of Rodanthe cleared before the 7 p.m. ferry departs Rodanthe.

Hatteras-Ocracoke Route

The Hatteras-Ocracoke route will begin operating once sand is cleared off NC 12 from Ocracoke Village to the ferry dock.

Ferry information is available by calling 800-293-3779 (BY-FERRY) and pressing 1, or via Twitter at www.twitter.com/ncdot_ferry.

Updates from Dare County Emergency Management will continue to be released as updated information is available.  The Dare County Emergency Operations Center may be reached at 252-475-5655.  Visit www.darenc.com for updated information.

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