DARE COUNTY, NC - The stormy weather we've been dealing with for the last few days is still causing problems for some drivers in North Carolina.
The steady northwest winds pushed water and sand onto NC-12 in Mirlo Beach for a second day, forcing authorities to close the busy thoroughfare around 6:00 a.m. The biggest problems were just south of the temporary bridge, in Mirlo Beach at the S curves and in Buxton at the hotel, highway officials said.
Crews with the NC Department of Transportation worked for several hours to move the sand back onto the beach and shore up the dunes.
The road reopened around 9:50 a.m., but there was still some standing water. Traffic also was being controlled as crews continue to work north of Mirlo Beach.
There was no road damage, but the dune on ocean side was compromised, Dare Co. Chief Deputy Steve Hoggard told WVEC.com.
NC 12 dune rebuilding from Hurricane Sandy (Oct. 2012) just north of Mirlo Beach was completed in late January. The area was damaged by Hurricane Sandy and nor'easters.
In a related matter, on Monday, March 11, NCDOT will hold the first of three public meetings to discuss the long-term solution for the section of N.C. 12 on Pea Island breached by Hurricane Irene in 2011, stranding residents.
NCDOT is backing a proposal to build it where the temporary bridge on N.C. 12 now stands.
March 11: 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Dare C. Administration Bldg., Rom 168
954 Marshall Collins Drive in Manteo
March 12: 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Rodanthe-Waves-Salvo Community Center
23186 Myrna Peters Road in Rodanthe
March 13: 4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
Ocracoke Community Center
1009 Irvin Garrish Highway, Ocracoke
NCDOT says public hearings will be held this summer to review options for the Rodanthe breach site.