NC 12 reopened on Hatteras Island; Dare County lifting more restrictions

North Carolina Highway 12 sustained major overwash and flooding as Hurricane Matthew surged through the region from Oct. 8 - 9, 2016. Credit: WAVY/Greg Gadberry
North Carolina Highway 12 sustained major overwash and flooding as Hurricane Matthew surged through the region from Oct. 8 - 9, 2016. Credit: WAVY/Greg Gadberry

DARE COUNTY, N.C. (WAVY) — North Carolina Highway 12 is reopening on Hatteras Island after being cleared by transportation crews, NCDOT officials announced Wednesday.

NC 12 suffered heavy amounts of overwash during Hurricane Matthew, which caused 125 yards of the road to collapse. Kitty Hawk Mayor Gary Perry estimated that it could take between two and three weeks to repair the road.

Photos: NC 12 overwash from Hurricane Matthew

NCDOT officials said Wednesday that rains and tidal flooding caused many areas along the 50-mile stretch between Bonner Bridge and Hatteras Village to become “inundated with water several feet deep.”

Officials say crews have cleared the road and water has receded enough to reopen the road. Drivers are asked to use caution on sections where there is still water.

The county is working with the state to make sure that everything is in place to get FEMA disaster assistance to those who need it. Even though Dare County has not been determined eligible for assistance, you should go ahead and complete a FEMA application to speed up the process once eligibility is approved. Find more information on FEMA programs and apply online here.

Visitor access open in areas of Dare County north of Oregon Inlet

Dare County announced Thursday that access is unrestricted to all areas of Dare County north of Oregon Inlet and for the Hatteras Island villages of Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon, and Buxton. Access restrictions for Frisco will be lifted on Friday at 7 a.m. Restrictions for all areas of Dare County, including Hatteras Village, will be lifted by 7 a.m. Saturday.

The ferry route to Hatteras-Ocracoke resumed services Wednesday.

Private well owners in Dare County who have seen flooding around their well should have water tested. Until testing deems your water safe, officials say you should boil water for at least five minutes before drinking, cooking, making ice or using for bathing.

Infants under six months and pregnant women should not drink boiled water, because it could concentrate harmful nitrates. Drink bottled water instead.

Private well users should contact the Dare County Department of Health & Human Services’ Public Health Division for more information at 252-475-5003 or 252-475-5080.

Find more information about past travel restrictions and debris pick up here.