Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Flooding on Portsmouth Island

On Wednesday, January 7, I published several photos that my grandson took on our trip to Portsmouth Island. A reader left this comment: "All the buildings are low on the ground. Does Portsmouth ever get tidal floods?"

I promised to publish a photo that Eakin took of tide lines beside the Post Office that document various storm tides between 1985 and 2013.  That's my son, Stefen, standing beside the markers. Click on the photo to enlarge the image. As you can see, tide from Hurricane Isabel reached as high as his chest. I believe every building on Portsmouth has been flooded several times.

Our current Ocracoke Newsletter is the seldom told story of the 1837 murder of Willis Williams by Jacob Gaskill. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news112114.htm.


  1. Anonymous7:59 AM

    Is PI wheelchair accessible?

    1. It would be a challenge. Getting in and out of the small boat that takes you there would be the first hurdle. Once on the island you could negotiate the dock (often littered with clam shells dropped by sea gulls) and many of the roads and sandy paths (none are paved and might be muddy or full of puddles), but none of the buildings have ramps. The only bathrooms are in the Salter House (the Visitors Center) and on the path to the ocean (there is a chain across this path). But, this bathroom does have a ramp!

    2. One more thing...the Salter House is generally locked up in the "off-season," so the only bathroom is on the trail to the ocean.

  2. Portsmouth Island was one the list of places I wanted to check out the last time I was in Ocracoke, but due to circumstances out of my control (I blame it on the government shutdown), I had to miss out on it. The next time I stop to Ocracoke, that is a definite!