OCRACOKE, N.C. (WNCT) – Highway 12 has been reopened on the north end of Ocracoke Island as of about 8:30 a.m. Sunday. The road had been closed between mile marker 77 and 73 due to flooding from heavy rain and overwash. Motorists need to proceed with caution and drive responsibly given the road conditions. There is approximately 6 inches of water standing on the roadway near mile marker 78 and extending for approximately one mile.
The Hatteras/Ocracoke Ferry has resumed normal operation as of 8:30 a.m. Sunday morning.
Here is an update from NCDOT on conditions up and down Highway 12 in North Carolina as of 8:30 a.m. Sunday:
Ocracoke – There are still several inches of water on N.C. 12 in some locations due to sound side water levels. Due to the water still on the road, we are encouraging only trucks or higher clearance vehicles to attempt to drive through the area. Please be careful if you have to drive through that area. We will be monitoring this area throughout the day.
N.C. 12 is still open and passable in all other locations. There is still water on the road in several locations, detailed below. Please be careful if you have to drive and avoid driving through standing water if possible. Keep your headlights on if it is raining, and keep a safe distance behind other cars. Once again, our crews will be out throughout the day clearing N.C. 12. If you see our crews, please give them room.
In Kitty Hawk, the dune and sandbags are still holding and protecting N.C. 12. There has been minor overwash during the last two high tides.
Canal and Birdwaters areas – there is no overwash but there is standing water and sand on the road.
In the S-curves and tri villages – there is standing water on the road from the rain.
There is overwash at the north end of Buxton and there is also standing water in other spots.
In Hatteras we are seeing standing water from rain.
N.C. 12 remains closed Sunday morning until NCDOT are able to assess the situation at first light.
The ferry division is also closed until a decision is made. There isn’t an exact time for the highway to reopen. Updates will be posted on the NCDOT N.C. 12 Facebook page as they are received.
N.C. 12 on Ocracoke Island was closed Saturday morning between mile markers 77 and 73, or between the Pony Pen and the Hatteras/Ocracoke Ferry Terminal, due to flooding from heavy rains. There is not an estimated schedule for reopening the road at this time.
Locations along N.C. 12 in this area are reported to have approximately one to two feet of water on the road, and are impassable. Drivers on N.C. 12 coming from Ocracoke Village will be able to turn around in the Pony Pen parking lot.
Due to this closure, the Hatteras/Ocracoke Ferry shut down service Saturday morning and will remain suspended until road conditions improve. The NCDOT Ferry Division will be activating the digital message boards to notify motorists that the road is closed. Other ferry routes are also being impacted by the storm, including the Pamlico River and Cherry Branch ferries. Riders are advised to call the appropriate ferry terminal ahead of time to make sure that their run has not been delayed or cancelled. Phone numbers can be found on the Ferry Division website.
No other road closures are reported at this time; however, there are areas of standing water along N.C. 12 on Hatteras Island south of the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge. The road is open and passable, but drivers should proceed with caution and avoid driving through standing water if possible. Updates will be posted on the NCDOT N.C. 12 Facebook page as they are received.