HURRICANE IRENE AFTERMATH
Island Living: Getting by with a
little help from our friends
Press columnist Joy Crist found herself embarrassed or even ashamed
dealing with an insurance adjuster. Why?
if you think about it, Hatteras and Ocracoke islanders are very
strong-willed people,” she writes. “And admitting that we’re struggling
and might need a hand from someone, whether it’s the government, our
neighbors, or fantastically kind strangers, is even harder. Read
|The Mess at
Mirlo: Future is uncertain for Rodanthe beach houses
road that runs through Mirlo Beach has been fixed and the dunes rebuilt
but homeowners face serious questions on how to repair their houses on
the east and west sides of Highway 12. Hurricane Irene delivered a
crushing blow to Mirlo Beach, which is located in north Rodanthe, by
destroying a large section of Highway 12 and by undermining houses on
both sides of the road. Read
Free Market organizers have set closing date for daily markets
organizers of the very successful Really Really Free Markets on
Hatteras Island, which have come to the aid of all islanders who have
been victims of Hurricane Irene, have set some closing dates. Read
UPDATE: Really Really
Free Market open in Avon on Saturdays
of transportation issues for folks on the southern end of Hatteras
Island, organizers of the Really, Really Free Market have decided to
open up a second location at the Avon Volunteer Fire Department. This
second market will be open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. from
Oct. 8 until further notice.
The Salvo market will continue every day at the St. Waves Plaza
location from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. until further notice.
With two markets open,
more volunteers are needed. Please call Jenn Augustson at 216-6558 to
sign-up or for other questions.
Really, Really Free Market is aiding all islanders in need
same folks who brought you the Really, Really Free Market one weekend a
month in Avon are now bringing you the Really, Really Free Market every
day in Waves – along with a new group of volunteers..
organizers and volunteers in this group are taking a lead in helping
all residents of Hatteras Island who have been hurt by Hurricane
trailers on Hatteras must be moved
its meeting on Monday, Oct. 17, the Dare County Board of Commissioners
had a sometimes heated discussion about what should be done to address
the increasing numbers of destroyed trailers being left on the roadside
on Hatteras Island.
discussion began with a question from Commissioner Allen Burrus about
funding assistance with clearing debris from roadside ditches. He also
asked, "How are we going to handle the trailers we see on the roads?"
story in The Outer Banks Sentinel.
FEMA facts for
National Flood Insurance Program has extended the deadline to file
flood claims resulting from Hurricane Irene until Nov. 24.
is good news for policy-holders who say that they are receiving
conflicting information about what their insurance does and does not
cover and from those who have yet to have their damages adjusted or
receive a proof of loss document.
Read the story in The Outer Banks Sentinel.
UPDATE: Hurricane Irene flood insurance hotline
Carolina survivors of Hurricane Irene with questions about flood
insurance claims can now find help by calling a new toll-free hotline.
The Hurricane Irene Flood Insurance Claims Hotline is open to help
North Carolina residents in the 38 counties included in the
presidential disaster declaration following Hurricane Irene. Read
Insurance problems hampering hurricane recovery
a fact-finding tour of the eastern part of the state devastated by
Hurricane Irene, North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin
told the Sentinel on Thursday, Oct. 6, that he is going to ask for a
Congressional investigation to address problems related to the National
Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).
have an obligation to be North Carolina residents' voice of frustration
and to find solutions," said Goodwin. "Now we are finding out about
folks still waiting for help -- they are begging for help and calling
for the State Department of Insurance for such an inquiry."
Read the story in the Outer Banks Sentinel.
Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station working to reopen soon
Rodanthe sits the oldest and most complete life-saving station on the
East Coast, the Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Historic Site. Still
standing following the tremendous soundside flooding caused by
Hurricane Irene on Aug. 27, this historic gem suffered from the high
waters that knocked the 1897 boathouse off its foundation and
infiltrated all eight buildings in the complex. Read
business picking up on Ocracoke
on Ocracoke is returning to about what people expect at this time of
business owners report that they have seen more customers since Highway
12 reopened on Hatteras Island on Oct. 11, though not in the numbers
they had before Hurricane Irene came through seven weeks ago. Read
|Disaster assistance deadline now
extended until Nov. 30
Irene wreaked havoc when it hit North Carolina two months ago and
disaster survivors now have more time to get help. The new deadline to
register for state and federal disaster assistance is Nov. 30.
Hurricane Irene Help Update: Assistance is still available
for Hurricane Irene victims is still available from state and
government agencies. Assistance is being offered to folks who are not
satisfied with the service from insurers and adjusters. You can apply
for federal disaster assistance until Oct. 31 and or disaster
unemployment insurance by Nov. 1. Read
begins developing long-term solutions for Highway 12
North Carolina Department of Transportation has started the process of
developing permanent solutions for the sections of Highway 12 south of
the Bonner Bridge severely damaged by Hurricane Irene on Aug. 27.
staff met on Tuesday, Oct. 18, with representatives from a dozen state
and federal agencies to discuss possible options for permanently fixing
the largest breach area on Pea Island and the breach at Rodanthe.
Coast Guardsmen spent countless hours aiding hurricane victims
States Coast Guard Station Hatteras Inlet demonstrated incredible
commitment to the communities of Hatteras Island following the
devastation left behind by Hurricane Irene on August 27,
men and women volunteered tirelessly to help the villages of Avon,
Rodanthe, Waves, and Salvo clean up from this destructive storm that
destroyed countless homes and businesses, leaving many locals homeless
and without work. Read
Island National Wildlife Refuge is ‘open for business’
the reopening of Highway 12 on Hatteras Island Monday evening, Oct. 10,
comes the re-opening of Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge.
in time for fall migration and Wings Over Water, the refuge welcomes
visitors to come and enjoy the outdoors and all its wildlife and
|IT’S OPEN!!.....WITH SLIDE SHOW AND VIDEO
The scene was happy and triumphant this evening when Highway 12
reopened between Rodanthe and Oregon Inlet for the first time since
Hurricane Irene severed this section of road on Aug. 27.
In 44 days, the North Carolina Department of Transportation and several
subcontractors repaired two major sections of highway north of
Rodanthe. The section at Mirlo Beach had a small inlet which
filled. Five miles north was a much larger inlet and multiple
breaches which required a temporary bridge to span much of the area. Read
When Highway 12 reopens, travelers can expect delays for a few weeks
Highway 12 reopens – six weeks after being shut down by damage from
Hurricane Irene – it’s a good bet that there will be a steady stream of
vehicles in both directions for days after travelers get the go-ahead.
Jennings, DOT Division Engineer, repeated today that the opening day
will be Oct. 11 or before but that travelers can still expect delays
for two to three weeks while the final work is completed. Read
|Island Living: Attack of the
heavy rain from Hurricane Irene last month and the additional rainfall
from heavy storms off and on for the past two weeks has hatched a
healthy mosquito population on Hatteras and Ocracoke islands.
can’t go anywhere on the islands these days without having a
conversation about the biting insects. Read
|Those left homeless on Hatteras are living a
was the day before the evacuation for Hurricane Irene was ordered, and
Marilyn Midgett got the carpets cleaned in her Rodanthe home.
week later, her carpets were stripped out of her house and piled next
to the highway as trash, ruined by soundside flooding. Today, the
one-story brick exterior of her house looks okay but the inside has
been totally gutted from floor to ceiling. Old family
lie on the floor of the enclosed carport. Random pieces of
furniture sit on the bare sub-flooring.
For some, these circumstances would be emotionally insurmountable, but
Marilyn Midgett and other residents in Rodanthe, Waves, and Salvo, hard
hit by Hurricane Irene, are persevering. Read
helps the pets of Hatteras Island after Hurricane Irene
cats and dogs of Hatteras Island also have had difficulties getting to
an off-island medical facility after Hurricane Irene severed Highway 12
in four places on Aug. 27. However, veterinarian Christinia Ballance
Hicks of Coastal Animal Clinic in Kitty Hawk is taking care of animals
from her mobile van, parked in Hatteras village but on the move when it
needs to be. Read
|How I Spent my Summer Evacuation
Free Press writer Joy Crist of Avon describes her evacuation adventures
– or more correctly her re-entry adventures. She says that on
Tuesday night, Sept. 6, at the ferry docks in Stumpy Point there were
dozens and dozens waiting and waiting for ferries that did not run.
hard to describe the scene, but it resembled a rock concert parking lot
with children, pets and babies,” she writes in this article. Read