NPS plans public scoping for flood mitigation planning
The National Park Service will begin a public scoping
period and hold two public meetings in October to obtain feedback and
ideas from the public about areas of the Cape Hatteras National
Seashore in the Buxton and Frisco area that experience flooding.
Several locations, including the Cape Point Campground, beach parking
lots (near Ramp 43 and old Ramp 45), the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse
parking lot, off-road vehicle ramps 43, 44, and 49, Lighthouse Road,
and areas around the seashore’s administrative offices, have
experienced persistent flooding over the last decade.
The Park Service says that although most seashore facilities have
remained open while flooded, "flooding can diminish the visitor
experience and make access to some areas challenging during large
The seashore will evaluate the best available information on the
hydrology and elevation in the flood-prone areas and evaluate options
for flood mitigation. A 45-day public scoping period will begin on
The public is also invited to the following public scoping meetings:
Wednesday, Oct. 19, 6-7:30 p.m. in the Dare County Administration
Building, Commissioners Meeting Room, 954 Marshall C. Collins Drive,
Manteo, NC 27954.
Thursday, Oct. 20, 6-7:30 p.m. at the Fessenden Center's Activity Room, 46830 Highway12, Buxton, NC 27920.
The public scoping period begins on Sept. 21 and will end on Nov. 4.
During the public scoping period, comments can be made at
http://parkplanning.nps.gov/caha_cape_point_flood_mitigation, or mailed
to: Superintendent, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, 1401 National Park
Dr, Manteo, NC 27954.