Ferries make runs to Ocracoke, Hyde begins cleanup

Published 6:31 pm Wednesday, October 12, 2016

The North Carolina Department of Transportation Ferry Division began runs from Swan Quarter and Cedar Island Tuesday morning following their regular winter schedule.

At this time, residents, non-resident property owners, vendors and essential service personnel are allowed access to the village. Please be prepared to show documentation of the aforementioned statuses to gain access to the island. Individuals wishing to gain access will need to have the appropriate re-entry tag or they will be required to produce evidence of property ownership or residency. There has been no determination as to when visitors will be allowed access.

The state Ferry Division reports that it is working conjunctively with the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers and the U.S. Coast Guard to restore complete service on the Hatteras route and will open that route as soon as possible. Additionally, Dare County law enforcement officers will be enforcing the entry/re-entry priorities and restrictions, established by Hyde County, at their checkpoints on N.C. Highway 12.

Hyde County officials will be issuing a debris removal notice to proceed.

Please do not transport storm debris to the convenience sites, as the facilities have limited capacity for the volumes expected. The convenience sites in Swan Quarter and Fairfield were closed Tuesday due to flooding, and there was substantial flooding on the roadways leading to the Sladesville convenience site.

The Fairfield Drainage District has declared a drainage emergency due to inundation from the Alligator River, which is impacting mitigation structures in the district. Hyde County is coordinating with the Fairfield Drainage District and Mattamuskeet Association to identify and obtain resources for their response and recovery efforts. There is standing water on N.C. Highway 94 between Fairfield and Columbia at the Northwest Fork. NCDOT and Hyde County urge commuters to find alternate routes to and from Hyde County.

Please refer to www.ncdot.gov/traffictravel, or https://tims.ncdot.gov/tims/regionsummary.aspx for the latest road closures and routes open to travel.