HYDE CO. -- After the utilities company that services Okrakoke Island was able to repair 45 damaged utility poles in about 36 hours, electrical power was restored to all of Ocracoke Island, allowing Hyde County officials to authorize reopening the Island to the public at 7 a.m. Sunday morning.
In a released statement, Hyde County officials said they "and the Ocracoke community are extremely grateful for the hard work of all Tideland's employees over the past several days."
On Saturday, emergency managers in Dare Co. reopened Hatteras Island south of the Bonner Bridge, including access for the villages of Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon, Buxton, Frisco, and Hatteras Village at 4 p.m.
Additionally, a spokesperson for NC DOT confirms that the Bonner Bridge and Route 12 south of the bridge had already reopened at noon. However, they also advised that that there are pockets of sand and water remaining on Highway 12 in Hatteras Island, and that they have also established a single lane condition at the temporary bridge north of Rodanthe.
Officials said the National Park Service campground on Ocracoke is currently still closed, but that an update about that should be forthcoming from the NPS regarding the campground's reopening.
Storm Debris on Ocracoke:
Chipping will begin Monday morning July 7th and continue until no longer needed. Mobile chipping services will begin on Hwy 12 near Howard's Pub and move south through the village. Vegetative debris smaller than 6 inches in diameter can be chipped on site. All debris must be accessible close to the driveway. Anything larger than 6 inches in diameter cannot be chipped and will need to be disposed of at the solid waste site.