This weekend marks the One year anniversary since hurricane Dorian impacted the Outer Banks and no community was as affected as Ocracoke Island. At this time last year storm surge from Dorian created a giant wall of water that pummeled the island’s small village in unprecedented fashion.
The island was left wrecked, the road was impassable, families were displaced, and the future looked bleak.
A year later, Ocracoke is back. The memories and scars still resound in the community but thanks to determined cleanup and rebuilding efforts as well as an outpouring of support from surrounding communities the beloved island is proving itself resilient.
A winter and spring spent shaking off the blow, raising houses, and rebuilding the island has been able to resume its role as a beloved and quaint fishing community and tourist destination.
While the sudden threat of covid has not made a return to normalcy any easier, record tourism has ensued after the quarantine as visitors see the sunny and spacious beaches as the ideal brand of social distancing.
Ocracoke has received for that 1.5 million in charitable donations, and those donations still continue. Just this weekend the OIRT held a Dorian commemorative concert and raised over $5000.
This past year, though its heart-led resilience, Ocracoke has shown us all the power of community.