By Rob Morris on August 1, 2018
After 5 inches of rain Sunday on top of the previous week’s deluge, Nags Head officials sought to assure visitors and property owners this morning that the town is moving as quickly as possible to attack flooding of streets and private property.
Drainage ditches overflowed and some streets were closed after the storms, but so far no serious damage has been reported.
In a statement released at today’s Board of Commissioners meeting, the town described how it responded to the flooding and what it was doing to improve the stormwater drainage system.
But some residents and business owners are concerned that not enough is being done. Barbara Ayars, who lives at the corner of Memorial Avenue and Driftwood Street, told the board that properties were inches away from being flooded.
She suggested that the town create a written plan for responding to known trouble spots such as Gallery Row, where she lives.
“Our roads were two feet deep in water, and we still had people joy riding through the neighborhood, taking pictures, creating wakes, increasing flood area,” she said. “There’s no excuse for that.”
When officers on the street saw that roads were flooding, they contacted Police Chief Kevin Brinkley, who called in reinforcements, according to the statement. Three officers, including the chief, were joined by four more.
Problems included a lightning strike that took out the traffic signal at Danube Street and U.S. 158. Barricades and no-wake signs were put up on side streets and one lane of U.S. 158 near Staples was closed.
“In Nags Head, most of the water drained away quickly, due in part to improved maintenance of the drainage system,” the statement said. “Some low-lying streets and yards with no or poor drainage continued to hold water about 48 hours later. One problematic neighborhood system was boosted using a portable pump.”
In addition to maintenance of the existing drainage system, the town is set to begin three impovement projects this winter after studies by an engineering consultant and a citizen committee.
But future plans still depend on a deliberate examination of where they will do the most good and the ability of the town to pay for them, the statement said.
The plans are:
Ten more projects are being examined for subsequent work at a rate of three to four a year, the statement said.