Super Bowl Sunday storm causes some seashore closures ...WITH SLIDE SHOW
By IRENE NOLAN
same storm that has brought both oceanside and soundside flooding on
Hatteras and Ocracoke on Super Bowl Sunday and that has caused travel
difficulties on Highway 12 has also caused flooding and overwash issues
in the Cape Hatteras National Seashore.
a result of flooding from torrential rains both late last week and over
the weekend and huge ocean swells that flattened dunes and eroded
beaches, several off-road vehicle ramps and areas are closed in the
to Hatteras Island District Ranger Joe Darling, Ramp 25 just south of
Salvo and Ramps 43 and 44 remained closed on Tuesday on Hatteras
72, the South Point Road, is closed on Ocracoke, and much of the
northern end of the island has seen severe erosion and flattening of
dunes that were just rebuilt in the past few months with sand dredged
from Hatteras Inlet.
area in Buxton near Ramps 43 and 44 and Cape Point Campground are badly
flooded, Darling said. The main access road to the area has been
closed at the Ranger Station.
said that at high tides, waves have been breaking over Ramp 43 and down
the road and parking area near it. The oceanside of Ramp 44 is
completely flooded again, as is the Inside Road between Ramps 44 and 45.
said that the Inside Road is open from west of Ramp 45 to Ramps 48 and
49 -- with the only exit and entrance at Ramp 49. Ramp 49 itself,
he said, is in good shape, with only a few inches of water in a low
of Ramp 49 in Frisco, though, it's another story. The huge waves
on Sunday totally flattened the dunes to the east of the Frisco Pier,
tore pieces of asphalt off the parking lot, and exposed the pier's
septic tank. The sturdy remaining segments of the pier, though, remain
The area, which is a popular access point for pedestrians, is currently closed.
Darling said the Pole Road on Hatteras spit has had waves breaking over it and is also currently closed.
The beach is eroded at Ramps 49 and 55, he said, but there is enough sand for beachcombers and fishermen.
North of Buxton, Darling said, the storm seems to have deposited sand on the beaches, making them higher but not wider.
25 is still closed by a steep cliff, or escarpment, at the end of it,
but Darling said the drop-off is several feet less than it was before
the storm. Ramp 32 still has an escarpment but is open to
said park rangers will be checking the beaches and ramps again tomorrow
and will open areas as quickly as they safely can.