County said today that Hurricane Matthew’s sweep through Dare County
caused $43 million in damages to almost 4,500 structures in Dare County
-- more than half of the damage was on Hatteras Island.
Inspectors from the county's tax office have been fanning out through
the county all week to compile the estimates, which are preliminary and
Also today's Dare County Emergency Management's Control Group allowed
visitors to the Hatteras Island villages of Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo,
Avon, and Buxton. Beginning at 7 a.m. on Friday, visitors will be
allowed in Frisco, and at 7 a.m. Saturday, the most heavily damaged
village, Hatteras, will be open to visitors.
INITIAL DAMAGE ASSESSMENT
"Hurricane Matthew affected all areas of Dare County, causing
significant and widespread damage, mostly from heavy rains, wide spread
damage due to high winds, and widespread power outages," county tax
assessor Greta Skeen wrote in her report. "Many areas that are
not normally flooded experienced flooding due to the amount of rain
brought by the storm."
Roughly 13 percent of improved properties countywide suffered some level of property damage as a result of the storm.
Hatteras Island had the highest preliminary damage figure -- $23
million. Properties on Hatteras also suffered the most
damage in Tropical Storm Hermine on Sept. 3.
A total of 560 structures were affected on Hatteras Island. Three
received minor damage, 182 had major damage, and one was destroyed.
The areas with the highest concentration of properties suffering major damage were in Frisco and Hatteras village.
A significant number of properties suffered major damage from severe
soundside flooding, and flooding from excessive rainfall. Water levels
in some living areas of houses were reported at 5 feet and above. Most
commercial properties suffered major flood damage. Some marinas
suffered major damage to their infrastructures. In Hatteras village,
271 properties were affected. One has minor damage, 122 have
major damage and none were destroyed. The preliminary total
amount of damage is $12.5 million.
also were significantly affected by soundside flooding and excessive
rainfall in some areas. One residence in Brigand's Bay in Frisco
-- on the corner of Buccaneer Drive and Freebooter -- was destroyed by
fire that the fire departments could not reach because of the high
water levels. Another residence suffered major damage from a basement
wall collapse. In Frisco, 271 properties were affected. 54 have major
damage and one was destroyed. Preliminary damage estimate is $7.7
BUXTON. The village
had minor flooding from ocean overwash and minor flooding in other
areas from storm surge, rainfall, and wind. In Buxton, 54 properties
were affected. One had minor damage and six had major damage.
Preliminary total damage is $1.2 million.
suffered minor damage from flooding and wind. In the village, 55
properties were affected with a preliminary damage total of $1.1
SALVO. One property was affected for a preliminary total of $7,200.
WAVES. One property was affected for a total of $6,310.
RODANTHE. Twenty properties were affected, and one had minor damage. Preliminary damage total is $413,460.
the unincorporated areas of Dare County, most properties were affected
by heavy rains, high winds, falling trees, and flooding. In these
areas, 196 properties were affected -- 94 had minor damage and 38 had
major damage. Preliminary damage in unincorporated Dare is estimated at
In Dare County's six incorporated towns, properties were damaged by
high winds, flooding rainfall, falling trees. Manteo also saw damage
from storm surge.
The preliminary damage total in the towns is $11.4 million. A total of
3,115 structures were affected -- 284 had minor damage and 14 had major
damage, and three were destroyed.
The initial report will be updated with updated information when it becomes available.
Click here to see the preliminary damage estimate report.
FEDERAL AND STATE ASSISTANCE
Dare County is one of the counties in the state eligible for federal aid for storm response, including debris removal.
Also, Dare County residents can NOW apply for individual federal
assistance. The county says residents can go ahead and complete a FEMA
application to speed up the process. For information on FEMA and to
apply online, visit https://www.disasterassistance.gov.
In addition, Gov. Pat McCrory announced that disaster unemployment
assistance is now available for people in 20 counties, including Dare,
because of the effects of Hurricane Matthew.
The governor has instructed the Division of Employment Security to not
enforce the one-week waiting period and job search requirements for
people whose employment or self-employment has been lost or interrupted
as a direct result of Hurricane Matthew.
Workers who became unemployed as a direct result of the effects of
Hurricane Matthew may be eligible for unemployment insurance benefits
under the Disaster Unemployment Assistance program. Business owners
affected by the storm may also qualify for benefits.
Visitors were allowed back onto the Hatteras Island villages of Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon and Buxton today.
Tomorrow, visitors will be allowed into Frisco, beginning at 7 a.m.,
and they will be allowed back to Hatteras village at 7 a.m. Saturday.
Today, Dare County Sheriff's Office deputies and Park Service rangers staffed a roadblock at Highway 12 and Buxton Back Road.
Lt. Greg Wilson of the Sheriff's Office said traffic was steady all day
at the roadblock but it wasn't backed up at any point. Most of
the people who were turned away wanted to get to Frisco to surf or to
Frisco or Hatteras to fish.
Tomorrow's road block will be at the NPS Frisco bathhouse.
The Sheriff's Office said that visitors who are already in Hatteras
will need a letter from their rental management company affirming that
they are renting property in those villages in order to travel back and
forth through the road block.
Ocracoke is still closed to visitors, though ferries are running.
In today's emergency management bulletin, Hyde County said that
visitors may be allowed to re-enter Ocracoke on Monday, Oct. 17.
The Ocracoke deputy control group is scheduled to meet on
Saturday to make that decision.