National Park Service maintenance staff members worked on the still
flooded Ramp 49 in Frisco today, and by the end of the day, it was
passable for off-road vehicles.
Back-to-back tropical systems in late May and early June had flooded
the ramp with more than 20 inches of rainwater in places. Though
much of the standing water had dried up over the past month, large
trucks going through the remaining standing water made ruts and deeper
holes, especially in one troublesome area, where NPS Hatteras Island
District Ranger Joe Darling reported earlier this week that the water
was as deep as 1 1/2 feet or 2 feet.
Passage on the Ramp was not recommended for low-clearance ORVs.
However, the Park Service graded and leveled out the ramp today, and
Natalie Perry Kavanagh, whose family owns Frisco Rod & Gun and
Frisco Market, said she and her mother took a spin on the ramp late
"Ramp 49 is definitely open for business," Kavanagh said. It’s not a problem for standard four-wheel drive vehicles.
"We hardly got our tires wet," she said, adding that if you meet a
vehicle coming in the opposite direction, you may have to pull over and
drive through what is now a "puddle" and not "a lake."
For more photos of Ramp 49 taken this evening, go to the Rod & Gun Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/friscorodandgun/.