- Water and sand from ocean overwash continue to cover N.C. 12 on Ocracoke Island near the terminal that serves the Ocracoke-Hatteras ferry service. In the interest of public safety, NCDOT and emergency management officials in Dare and Hyde counties have decided to keep the highway closed through at least the Wednesday morning high tide. That in turn means the Ocracoke-Hatteras ferry service is suspended until at least that time.
The decision was made in anticipation of continued flooding from high tides coming early this evening and again Wednesday morning. High water since Monday evening has closed the road three miles south of the ferry terminal on the north side of the island.
The decision regarding when to re-open the highway and resume ferry service will be made after NCDOT maintenance crews are able to check the roadway in the morning.
High water and sand also has a section of N.C. 12 closed in Kitty Hawk between Bickett and Byrd streets. That closure also remains in effect until at least Wednesday morning.
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