Still no access to the OBX!
Outer Banks Blue is open, but we are still unable to welcome any guests at this time.
While the weather is clear on the beach, there continues to be major logistical and infrastructure problems in the area.
The first challenge is that there is no power in the Corolla area. A major sub-station in Currituck County is out of order (“unserviceable” per a press release) until further notice and there is no estimate as to when it will be back on line. There are 86,000 people in the area currently without electricity.
In Duck, Highway 12 is impassible at this time with deep water on the roadway and there is a 100 foot section of road that has been undermined and needs major repair before anyone can pass through the area. The department of transportation estimates that it will be at least two days before repairs can be made to the missing/damaged roadway.
At 2 PM today Emergency Management folks allowed full time residents, and property owners through the road blocks to the Outer Banks with the exception of anyone going to Duck, Corolla, or Hatteras Island. There is still no access to Corolla for anyone, and Hatteras Island has a number of breaches of their dune line and significant damage to Hwy. 12 exists.
While this is progress, it is a long way from being back to normal. We still need to get our non-resident workers back on the island to assist with the daily operations of our businesses (housekeepers, maintenance men, reservations agents, etc.) so we can prepare our houses for the arrival of our guests. It is our hope this will happen very soon.
There is no estimate as to when visitors will be allowed onto the beaches. We will post that information here on this blog immediately when that information comes available.
Thank you for your positive thoughts, patience and understanding during this difficult time.