Ocracoke Island back open to visitors Thursday morning

Flooding In Ocracoke Village

OCRACOKE, N.C. (WAVY) – All North Carolina ferries returned to operation Thursday.

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This will be the first time visitors will be allowed back on Ocracoke Island since the weekend coastal storm flooded the area, including most of Ocracoke Village.

Officials say there is still plenty of standing water on the island.  Health officials say visitors and residents should not drive through any standing water.   They could expose themselves to potentially harmful bacteria or other substances.

If anyone who has had skin or otherwise direct exposure to flood waters and becomes ill, go directly to one’s medical provider of choice for treatment, or contact the Hyde County Public Health Department beginning 8 a.m. Oct 8, 2015 when the offices re-open.  If a need is evident for tetanus vaccinations and/or boosters officials may be able to obtain a supply to administer.

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