Locally Produced Ash Wednesday Storm Documentary Reveals Terrifying First-Hand Survival Stories

By on September 7, 2023

Video Premiere Thursday, September 14 at 2:30 p.m.

Oceanview Hall at Jennette’s Pier

On Thursday, September 14, 2023, Outer Banks history will be revised as new details of the terrifying impacts of the 20th century’s strongest nor’easter are revealed in a mini documentary titled, “The Ash Wednesday Storm in Nags Head.”

A co-production of the Town of Nags Head and the Outer Banks History Center, the documentary’s premiere will be held Thursday, September 14 at 2:30 p.m. in the Oceanview Hall at Jennette’s Pier, which is located at 7223 South Virginia Dare Trail in Nags Head. The event is free and open to the public. Immediately following the premier of the 30-minute-long video, a question and answer opportunity will take place.

Funded by a grant from CurrentTV and produced by Rayolight Productions, the documentary features several never-before-documented stories of survival of the storm, which is estimated to have destroyed, or significantly damaged, thousands of homes along the East Coast.

Over several days in March 1962, an unusual combination of weather elements caused a massive storm to slowly churn off the East Coast. Over five high tide cycles, Nags Head residents fought for their lives.

Storm survivor Juanita Wescott explains in the video that, during the storm, her family wasn’t thinking about the future and whether they would have a home or jobs to return to; instead, they were wondering if they were going to survive. Her story is just one of several that explain what it was like to live through the life-changing event.

“While storm forecasting technology has changed significantly since 1962, it’s still important to remember that we live in a beautiful, but fragile area,” said Nags Head Mayor Ben Cahoon. “It’s essential to understand that this frightening scenario could happen again—and we should be prepared for that.”

Those unable to attend the premiere can watch the documentary later on CurrentTV’s YouTube channel, which can be accessed by visiting YouTube.com/CurrentTVOBX.

The Town of Nags Head, located on North Carolina’s picturesque Outer Banks, is a unique, family-based community with 11 miles of oceanfront and a relaxed pace of life. The Town strives to preserve and protect Nags Head’s legacy, character, environment, and overall quality of life.

CurrentTV, a collaboration among multiple local entities in Dare County, North Carolina, provides high-quality informational programming through its Government and Education channels. More information about CurrentTV can be found at CurrentTV.org or through Charter Cable channel 191.

The Outer Banks History Center (OBHC), located in Manteo, North Carolina, is a regional archival facility administered by the Special Collections Section of the State Archives of North Carolina. The mission of the OBHC is to collect, preserve, and provide public access to historical and documentary materials relating to coastal North Carolina, and to serve as an accessible, service-oriented center for historical research and inquiry. More information about the Outer Banks History Center is available at https://archives.ncdcr.gov/researchers/outer-banks-history-center.

Trailers for the video are available at YouTube.com/TownofNagsHead.



Barnhill Contracting Company will receive sealed proposals for Manns Harbor – EMS/Fire Facility (EMS-8), Kitty Hawk – EMS/Fire Facility (EMS-9), Manteo – Youth Center on January 09, 2024. Times to be given on via addendum #01. See the following SCOPE OF WORK: BP 100 – General Trades, BP 105 – Final Cleaning, BP 205 – Demolition, BP 390 – Turnkey Concrete, BP 400 – Turnkey Masonry, BP 500 – Turnkey Structural Steel & Misc. Steel, BP 505 – Light Gauge Metal Trusses, BP 740 – Roofing, BP750 – Siding, BP 790 – Caulking/Sealants, BP 800 – Turnkey Doors/Frames/Hardware/Toilet Specialties/Accessories/Division 10, BP 840 – Curtainwall/Storefront/Glass/Glazing, BP 925 – Drywall/Framing, BP 960 – Resilient Flooring/Carpet/Base/Epoxy, BP 980 – Acoustical Ceilings, BP 990 – Painting and Wall Coverings, BP 1230 – Finish Carpentry and Casework, BP 1250 – Window Treatments, BP 2100 – Fire Protection, BP 2200 – Plumbing, BP 2300 – HVAC, BP 2600 – Electrical, BP 3100 – Earthwork/Turnkey Site, BP 3213- Site Concrete, BP 3290 – Landscaping. Scopes of work may be added and/or deleted at the discretion of the Construction Manager.

Bid Location and Time: Bid opening will be held in the Barnhill Contracting Rocky Mount Training & GPS Technology Room: 800 Tiffany Bvld, Rocky Mount, NC 27804. Time is as follows: January 09, 2024 at 10:00am and 2:00pm. Times per packages to be given on via addendum #01.

Barnhill Contracting Company will receive, open, and read publicly all bids received in person in the Training & GPS Technology Room at the main office and listed with the virtual viewing at the link to be posted on Barnhill’s Plan Room.

Bids will not be accepted from bidders that are not pre-qualified. No facsimile or email submissions are permitted. Sealed bids are to be hand delivered to the bid opening location noted above or mailed Sealed Bids can be delivered before 9:00am the day of the bid to the Barnhill Contracting Company Office at 800 Tiffany Blvd., Suite 200 Rocky Mount, NC 27804. Attention “Clint Hardison.”

The pre-bid meeting will be held in Person & Zoom Meeting on December 06, 2023 at 10:00 am at the Barnhill Contracting’s Rocky Mount Main Conference Room: 800 Tiffany Bvld, Rocky Mount, NC 27804.

The pre-bid meeting link can be located on Barnhill’s online Building Division Plan Room ( https://app.buildingconnected.com/public/54da832ce3edb5050017438b) and below. A preferred brand alternates meeting will be held via the same link at the end of the Prebid meeting.

Bid Documents can be viewed or downloaded through Barnhill’s online Building Division Plan Room (https://app.buildingconnected.com/public/54da832ce3edb5050017438b) after 12/04/2023.

All Bidders are strongly encouraged to include opportunities for HUB participation wherever possible in their respective Bid submission.  HUB participation is a part of this contract and must comply with all requirements set forth in the Bid Documents.

The Construction Manager and Owner reserve the right to add pre-qualified bidders. The Construction Manager and Owner reserve the right to reject any and all bids. Should you require additional direction, please call Barnhill Contracting Company, (Clint Hardison – 252-802-0740).

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