October 15, 2016 @ 5:00 PM
Ocracoke Deputy Control Group Submits a Recommendation to Lift Ocracoke Visitor Restriction and Mandatory Evacuation Order
The Ocracoke Deputy Control Group (ODCG) met today and unanimously voted to recommend lifting the Ocracoke visitor restriction and mandatory evacuation order. The recommendation submitted by the ODCG will require a vote by the Hyde County Board of Commissioners and if approved, a proclamation will be signed to allow visitors entry on Monday, October 17, 2016, at 5:00 AM. Visitors, returning on Monday, need to be mindful of the ongoing recovery efforts and exercise caution before and after the debris removal operations begin on Wednesday, October 19, 2016. Heavy machinery will be working in and around the village next week as they remove tremendous amounts of storm debris.
On October 10, 2016, President Obama issued a major disaster declaration for the State of North Carolina triggering the release of Federal funds to help individuals and communities recover from Hurricane Matthew that began on October 4, 2016, and continuing. Hyde County has received a FEMA Individual Assistance (IA) Declaration which allows homeowners, renters, and businesses to apply for vital short-term and long-term recovery assistance.
Assistance can include grants for:
Applicants will be asked for the following information:
Residents can apply at www.disasterassistance.gov, 800-621-3362 or (TTY) 800-462-7585. Applicants who use 711 or Video Relay Service may also call 800-621-3362. The toll-free numbers are open 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., seven days a week, and multilingual operators are available. Disaster Recovery Centers also will be opening in flood-impacted communities during the next several weeks for those who would like to talk with someone in person.
The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) case intake center at the Ocracoke Community Center, 999 Irvin Garrish Highway, is now closed. Based upon the needs assessments completed, which totaled twenty-eight (28), UMCOR volunteers will be establishing teams and a base of operations on Ocracoke Island. The UMCOR Coordinator reported that they are hoping to begin work within the next couple of weeks.
Hyde County disaster survivors requiring mental health services in the wake of Hurricane Matthew may visit the Trillium Health Resources kiosk located at the Hyde County Government Center, 30 Oyster Creek Road; Swan Quarter, NC 27885, or citizens can call Trillium Health Resources Access to Care at 1-877-685-2415.
Hyde County's debris removal contractor has completed an initial assessment to determine debris volumes and equipment needs. Ocracoke debris removal operations will begin on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 and will continue until volumes have diminished to a locally manageable level. Citizens may transport vegetative storm debris to the designated mainland convenience sites or you can place it on the shoulder of the NCDOT right-of-way as outlined in the diagram provided. The Swan Quarter and Engelhard convenience sites will accept your vegetative storm debris. The debris contractor will not collect storm debris on private property. Please do not transport your storm debris to the Temporary Debris Storage Sites (TDSS) on Ocracoke Island or the mainland. Attached, please find instructions detailing how your debris should be separated and placed within the NCDOT right-of-way to be retrieved.
Hyde County is transitioning from response to recovery and the coalition of federal, state, local, and private partners have made significant progress. The list of accomplishments and pending items include:
The Fairfield Drainage District has declared a drainage emergency due to inundation from the Alligator River which is impacting mitigation structures in the district. Hyde County is coordinating with the Fairfield Drainage District and Mattamuskeet Association to identify and obtain resources for their response and recovery efforts. Although conditions have improved, there has been standing water on NC Hwy 94 between Fairfield and Columbia at the Northwest Fork and these conditions may fluctuate. The NCDOT and County of Hyde are urging commuters to remain alert and aware of the road conditions while traveling in the Northwest Fork area. https://tims.ncdot.gov/tims/regionsummary.aspx
Tideland EMC has completely restored services in Hyde County, however there have been intermittent power outages since restoration of transmission to Ocracoke.
NCDOT Ferry Division has restored all services to Ocracoke Island. Please refer to https://twitter.com/ncdot_ferry for the latest ferry information. Through early Monday morning, only residents, non-resident property owners, vendors and essential service personnel are allowed access to the village. Please be prepared to show documentation of the aforementioned statuses to gain access to the island. Individuals wishing to gain access will need to have the appropriate reentry tag or they will be required to produce evidence of property ownership or residency.
If traveling throughout North Carolina, please refer to https://www.ncdot.gov/traffictravel/ or https://tims.ncdot.gov/tims/regionsummary.aspx for the latest road closures and routes open to travel. When using the TIMS site, you must select the region or individual counties you are traveling through to obtain specific information regarding your travel plans.
Cape Hatteras National Seashore visitor services and facilities on Ocracoke Island, including the visitor center, off-road vehicle permit office, and campground, will re-open on Monday, October 17. The status of beach access ramps will be posted on the Cape Hatteras National Seashore Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/CapeHatterasNS/.
Water is still standing on many roadways and properties in Hyde County, please do not drive through flood waters or on flooded roads. Water only two feet deep can sweep away most automobiles. Death can occur as a result of careless or unsuspecting motorists who attempt to drive through flooded roads. Turn Around. Don't Drown. If your vehicle is flooded please disconnect the battery cables to prevent a fire from occurring.
Please be advised, flood waters may contain sewage and other harmful contaminants. Keep children and pets out of flood waters.
The WOVV radio tower was destroyed during Hurricane Matthew and a temporary antenna is providing limited coverage within the village. Citizens can tune in and obtain the most current Ocracoke news by live streaming their programs at www.wovv.org.
Please maintain awareness and monitor for further updates from Hyde County Public Information.
Public Information Officer