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Hurricane Irene survey, Part 4: Visitors were unhappy with Dare’s re-entry policy

Friday 18 November 2011 at 12:09 pm

The fourth part of our report on The Island Free Press Survey:  Hurricane Irene Response focuses on visitors to Hatteras and Ocracoke.

Some 623 of them took the time to fill out the survey and to send us their comments – 39 pages of their comments can be read by clicking on the link at the end of this report.

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Hurricane Irene survey, Part 3: Non-resident property owners respond to the storm’s aftermath

Tuesday 15 November 2011 at 5:48 pm

For the most part, non-resident property owners on Hatteras and Ocracoke are happier with the preparation for and response to Hurricane Irene than residents said they were.

The major points of contention with the non-resident owners were the length of time before they were allowed on the islands, especially Hatteras, to inspect their properties and the decision by Dare County to let visitors back to the southern villages before Highway 12 was repaired and opened.

The Island Free Press Survey: Hurricane Irene response was filled out by 415 non-resident owners of property on Hatteras and Ocracoke.

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Hurricane Irene survey, Part 2: Residents’ evaluation of official response to the storm

Wednesday 09 November 2011 at 5:31 pm

Hatteras Island residents took the Dare County Commissioners to the woodshed and beat them up a bit on their response to Hurricane Irene.

The residents were somewhat more kind to Dare County Emergency Management.

In addition, residents did not have much good to say about the National Park Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, though if you read the individual comments, it’s clear that the low marks had less to do with the storm and more to do with the fact that islanders don’t have any use for these two federal agencies.

Hatteras islanders heaped praise on the North Carolina Department of Transportation, and were positive about the response of the NCDOT Ferry Division.

And it seems that residents could not find enough good things to say about two Hatteras utilities – the Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative and the Dare County Water Department.

The Dare County Sheriff’s Office and the N.C. Highway Patrol got good reviews, as did the U.S. Coast Guard.

Other groups, such as phone and cable companies, got mixed reviews from Hatteras islanders.

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