Cleanup underway in OBX following high winds, tidal flooding

Credit: NCDOT

NAGS HEAD, N.C. (WAVY) — Many places along North Carolina’s Outer Banks are cleaning up Monday after an offshore system brought high winds and tidal flooding to the region.

Crews were seen on North Carolina Highway 12  and the Virginia Dare Trail Monday afternoon, clearing sand and debris that had blown onto the roadway.

NC 12 was heavily impacted by the system, with overwash causing some areas of the main road to close. Parts of NC 12 remained shut down for much of Monday. NC 12 from Bonner Bridge to Rodanthe isn’t expected to reopen until Tuesday evening.

Portions of the dunes have been washed away, sand is in the road — with 5-foot deep sand in spots. Water has pooled up.

With the bridge shut down and the ferries cancelled, Hatteras residents are stuck for the time being.

Drew Pearson, the director of Dare County Emergency Management, says crews are doing all they can do, but it’s Mother Nature who’s calling all the shots.

“Mother Nature is really driving that right now. The tides have not receded. The high tide this morning is as high as the one last night. They’ve been working to clear it. They’re on it. They’ll get it cleared, but it really depends on when the tide stops pushing it across.”

The conditions caused Dare County Public Schools to close Cape Hatteras Elementary and Secondary schools on Monday. Those two schools announced they’ll also be closed for students and staff on Tuesday due to flooding and unsafe road conditions. All other Dare County schools are expected to operate on regular schedule.