By Submitted Story on November 11, 2019
Following a recommendation by the Ocracoke Control Group, the Hyde County Board of Commissioners will release access restrictions and reopen Ocracoke Island to visitors on Nov. 22, or immediately upon the reopening of NC 12.
The evacuation order has been in place since Sept. 4, ahead of Dorian’s arrival. When discussing possible dates for reentry to begin, the control group identified two benchmarks that needed to be completed. First, the initial pass of debris removal; this was completed on Nov. 1. The final benchmark is the reopening of NC 12 for all vehicles. NCDOT has targeted Nov. 22 as the date NC 12 will reopen.
After the evacuation order is lifted, visitors will be immediately allowed to access Ocracoke. Ferry operations will return to the paid reservation system normally in place. Reconstruction and debris removal will continue to take place for the foreseeable future. Please be aware of any obstacles while on the island. In addition, visitors should be advised there are limited lodging accommodations, food service, gas availability and other services normally available to the visiting public. Please plan your visits accordingly.
The Joint Recovery Center ended operations in Ocracoke on Nov. 7. The Ocracoke Interfaith Relief & Recovery Team operations opened at the Life Saving Church, Lighthouse Road, on Nov. 11, and will be open Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
The Hyde County Board of Commissioners will still hold the Monday, Nov. 18 meeting scheduled at 6 p.m. at the Government Center in Swan Quarter and the Community Center in Ocracoke for the purpose of taking public comment and discussing individual items related to reentry and recovery.