Dare County estimates Matthew caused $52 million in damages

Ocean surf surged in the Outer Banks on Oct. 9, 2016 as Hurricane Matthew stormed through the region. Credit: WAVY/Andy Fox.

DARE COUNTY, N.C. (WAVY) — Storm damage from Hurricane Matthew in Dare County is now up to an estimated $52 million, according to county officials.

Officials released revised damage assessments this week, which show $32 million in damages on Hatteras Island as well as $8 million on North Beach, Roanoke Island and Mainland Dare.

The storm caused an estimated $11 million in damages between the towns of Duck, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head and Southern Shores. Matthew caused widespread outages and severe flooding to several areas across North Carolina.

NC 12 suffers overwash damage from Hurricane Matthew

Several roadways were closed from overwash and high water. The damage caused authorities to restrict visitor and resident access to portions of the Outer Banks in the days following Matthew.

Many of the restrictions for residents were lifted by the middle of last week.

Officials reported initial damage assessments of $40 million last week, noting that they had expected that figure to increase.

Dare County Matthew Damage Assessment

North Carolina is continuing to recover from Matthew, more than a week after the storm swept across the eastern United States. Gov. Pat McCrory has confirmed that 26 people died as a result of the storm.

Officials say federal assistance is available for 27 counties, with more than $21 million in funding having already been approved.