June 10, 2014
Pump house burns on Pea
Island National Wildlife Refuge
approximately 7 p.m. on Monday, Dare Central dispatched the
Chicamacomico Volunteer Fire Department to a fire on the west side of
the North Pond dike on Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge.
addition, employees from the National Park Service, North Carolina
Forest Service, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service responded to the
to National Park Service Ranger Corey Smith, three fire engines and a
total of 12 personnel responded to the incident, which was the pump
house for the North Pond Pumping Station.
Refuge Manager Scott Lanier commented, "The pump at this location was
destroyed during Hurricane Irene. It had recently been
replaced by Ducks Unlimited under contract with the U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service at a cost of over $400,000. Since installation,
we have been having problems with the pump's operation. It's
disappointing to lose pumping capabilities in this pond again.
Migratory birds like shorebirds and waterfowl will continue to suffer
without water management capabilities at Pea Island."
added, "The Pea Island Crabbing Rodeo, scheduled for Saturday, will
still occur. We won't be able to run the pump, but it sounds like
there are plenty of crabs in North Pond for the taking."
For more information, contact the Refuge Headquarters at 252-473-1131.