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UPDATE: Runaway barges depart Avon, head back to Bonner Bridge...WITH SLIDE SHOW

The second of two runaway barges from the Bonner Bridge replacement construction area was officially moved from its temporary and unexpected residence on the soundside in north Avon this morning and is headed back toward the Bonner Bridge construction site.

The two barges broke loose from a mooring located 8 miles southwest of the bridge site, and floated roughly 20 miles south down the Pamlico Sound until they ran aground in Avon during Hurricane Matthew. 
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Officials eye water quality as floods recede

Floodwaters were starting to recede last week upstream along the Tar, Pamlico, Cape Fear and Neuse rivers, but an increasingly contaminated flow of freshwater is headed downriver, eastward to the coast.

The short-term prospects don’t look good for those ready for their first taste of local oysters this season.
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Update on debris collection and FEMA assistance

"We're hitting it hard today," Edward Mann, Dare County's director of Public Works, said in a telephone interview from Hatteras Island, where he was checking in on Hurricane Matthew debris collection.

Also, a FEMA Disaster Survivor Assistance Team began outreach efforts on Hatteras Island yesterday. According to a county news release, the team is partnering with county personnel and will meet with those who experienced extreme flooding and lost almost everything.
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75-year-old visitor is seashore's eighth drowning death

A 75-year-old man who was visiting from out of state drowned today while he was swimming in the ocean on the north end of Buxton. The man, whose name was not released by the National Park Service, was the eighth drowning death this year in the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. 
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Early voting begins Thursday, Oct. 20, in Dare and Hyde counties

Early voting for the Nov. 8 general election begins on Thursday, Oct. 20, in both Dare and Hyde counties and continues until Saturday, Nov. 5. 
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Contractors will begin moving grounded barges today

Contractors plan to start work sometime today to move two runaway barges that broke loose from a mooring 8 miles southwest of the Bonner Bridge replacement construction site during Hurricane Matthew, traveled about 20 or so miles down the Pamlico Sound, and ended up high and dry -- one in north Avon and the other just south of Avon.

The first barge that the contractors will move is the one between Avon and the Canadian Hole. Moving the barge is expected to be completed on Friday and the contactors will move on to the second barge. 
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Matthew recovery dominates Dare Board of Commissioners meeting

The impacts of Hurricane Matthew and the status of the Dare County's recovery from the storm dominated much of the meeting of the Board of Commissioners on Monday evening, Oct. 17. Some of the topics covered were increased preliminary damage estimates, debris removal, and FEMA assistance for individuals and businesses.
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Ocracoke church sets up relief center and fund

Ocracoke islanders who lost food, furniture, clothes and other items from Hurricane Matthew have a resource in the United Methodist Church. The church, on School Road, has set up a hurricane relief center where islanders in need to get items and food vouchers and where other can donate money and goods to help. 
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If you want to help Hurricane Matthew victims on Hatteras

Several different groups are involved in meeting the needs of Hurricane Matthew's victims.
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More Hurricane Matthew Articles:
Surviving Matthew:  One Family's Story
Helping hands turn out for Hatteras village....WITH SLIDE SHOW
Hatteras village after Hurricane Matthew....WITH SLIDE SHOW
Hatteras village starts the BIG clean-up....WITH SLIDE SHOW
Cleaning up from the storm in Buxton   
Matthew's storm surge may set record on southern Hatteras

UPDATE: Body of missing swimmer found near Avon Pier

The body of a 17-year-old visitor who went missing while swimming in the surf in Rodanthe washed up last night just before 10 p.m. north of the Avon Pier. The 17-year-old was swimming in about chest-deep water with a 16-year-old friend just south of the Rodanthe Pier on Thursday, Oct. 13, when they were pulled out by a rip current. 
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Teen swimmer missing off Rodanthe beach

Two teen-aged boys who were swimming  south of the Rodanthe Pier this afternoon were pulled out into the ocean, apparently by a large breaking wave.  One of the two teens made it back safely to the beach, but the other was still missing at dark. 
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Two more abandoned refugee boats wash ashore on Hatteras...WITH SLIDE SHOW

Two more abandoned boats -- also apparently vessels used by Cuban refugees -- washed ashore  on Hatteras Island between the villages of Avon and Salvo on Saturday morning.

That makes three apparent refuge vessels to make it to the shores of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore in not quite two weeks.  All have been without passengers, but have provided good evidence about where they originated. 
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Curious 'refugee' boat released after USCG investigation

After an investigation by the U.S. Coast Guard, an abandoned vessel that washed up on the beach in Avon on Sept. 27 and was thought to have once held refugees, will be on display in the Hatteras community again. 
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Abandoned vessel washes ashore in Avon, may have held refugees

A vessel that appeared to be an abandoned refugee boat washed ashore in Avon on Tuesday sans passengers, but with equipment and supplies surprisingly intact.

The roughly 20-foot long vessel washed up on the beach in front of Greenwood Place, in between the Avon Pier and Ramp 38. The Avon Volunteer Fire Department and National Park Service rangers Joseph Darling and Peter Malionek responded to a call from the U.S. Coast Guard via Dare County Dispatch about the vessel, and enlisted Jarvis Williams of Jarvis’ Towing to dispose of the wreck after examining the structure and cleaning excess Styrofoam and debris from the beach.
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UPDATE: Fire at Pop’s Raw Bar causes significant damage, traffic jam...WITH VIDEO

A fire Wednesday evening at Pop's Raw Bar in Buxton was contained in the kitchen, hall and bathroom area, and also spread to the crawl spaces of the building. An area of the rear deck was burned as well, but the dining room area and bar area were untouched by fire, although there was some smoke damage.

The building was occupied at the time of the fire, but there were no reported injuries. Traffic was stopped in both directions from the site for roughly two hours on Wednesday evening in order for the fire crews to have access to the closest fire hydrant. 
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Fire at Pop's Raw Bar snarls traffic in Buxton

A fire that was reported at 5:03 p.m. at Pop's Raw Bar and Grill on Highway 12 just across from Buxton Harbor had traffic on Highway 12 at a standstill in both directions for almost three hours last evening. Read more