Dare County Emergency Management update

Published 4:34 pm Friday, September 6, 2019

Staff Report

At 4:30 p.m., Dare County Emergency Management issued the following statement:

The mandatory evacuation for Dare County remains in place due to hazardous conditions, including downed power lines and trees, impassable roadways and widespread power outages. Access into Dare County will remain restricted until preliminary assessments are completed to determine that conditions are safe. The Dare County Control Group will meet Saturday morning to review assessments and determine reentry procedures. A staged reentry process will be used to facilitate a safe and orderly return.

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Once reentry procedures are set, the information will be distributed via the county’s emergency alert system. Sign up to receive alerts via text, voice and email at www.darenc.com/alerts or visit darenc.com for updated information.

Watch for hazards including loose or dangling power lines and report them to local law enforcement or power companies. Motorists are advised to proceed with extreme caution, as standing water and sand may be on roadways.

The Dare County Control Group has established a curfew for Hatteras Island (all areas south of Oregon Inlet) from 8:00 p.m. Friday through 8:00 a.m. Saturday. Roadways on Hatteras Island are covered with sand and water making travel extremely hazardous. NCDOT is working to assess damage along NC 12. All of Hatteras Island is without power. Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative crews are out in the field working on restoration efforts.

Water service to Hatteras Village has been turned off due to a leak that cannot be found and repaired due to flooding. Crews are standing by and once the water recedes, repairs will be made and a water pressure advisory will be issued with a recommendation to boil water.