Hyde lifts evacuation order for residents, essential personnel

Published 10:05 am Sunday, September 16, 2018

At 9:30 a.m., the Hyde County Board of Commissioners lifted the mandatory evacuation order for residents, essential personnel and vendors only.

Access to Ocracoke Island will be phased as several ferries are not running.

As of Sunday morning, the only ferry terminal that will be in operation is the Swan Quarter Terminal. The Hatteras Terminal is not operational due to damage to Highway 12 in Ocracoke. The Cedar Island Terminal has not been assessed. There is no time table on when they will be operational.

The following reentry passes and vendors will be allowed to board the ferry in the following priority and will be strictly enforced:

1. Red Passes– Emergency personnel
2. Yellow Passes – Essential island personnel
3. Vendors – See below for vendor priority listings

4. Green Passes – Resident Property Owners

Vendor Priority List:

1 – Emergency Personnel and Equipment
2 – NCDOT Highway and Power Company Personnel and Equipment 3 – Sanitation Personnel and Equipment
4 – Mail and Parcel Delivery
5 – Commodities and Fuel Vendors

If you are not one of the above pass holders or a vendor, do not attempt to gain entry to the island. Entry is first come, first served, there are no reservations. However, you will be bumped in line by anyone with a priority pass higher than yours.

The ferry schedule for the Swan Quarter-Ocracoke route for Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018 will be as follows:

Swan Quarter Departures – 9:30 am, 10:30 am, 3:30 pm, and 4:30 pm Ocracoke Departures – 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm, 6:30 pm, and 7:30 pm

Route schedules for after Sunday have not been determined yet.

Hyde County officials surveyed all major roadway entries into the county this morning. There are still a few areas that have standing water up to 6 inches, but are passable.. There is a coastal flood warning for areas along the Pungo River until 2 p.m. with flooding up to 4 feet above ground level possible. Please travel with caution.