KITTY HAWK, N.C. (WNCT) – Heavy rain wasn’t a major problem in the Outer Banks over the weekend, but residents there are still seeing their fair share of problems.
Wind gusts over 60 miles per hour and heavy surf continue to batter the Outer Banks. NCDOT crews along a washed out stretch of Highway 12 in Kitty Hawk are doing what they can before the next high tide rolls in.
Highway 12 remains closed between White and Lillian Streets in Kitty Hawk. Sunday afternoon’s high tide was too much for a temporary dune put in along this stretch of road a few months ago. DOT crews arrived around 8:30 Monday morning and say there’s only so much they can do until the storm passes.
Residents were also out and about to check things out. After over a week of heavy rain and high surf, they’re ready for some relief, but year-round residents have seen this before.
“It’s a constant,” said Kati Wilkins, Kitty Hawk resident. “It’s what you have to deal with when you live on the ocean. We just hope that it can be rebuilt and get back to normal as fast as we can.”
The DOT says that despite the damage, the sand bags they put in place have held up pretty well. They’re concerned that there may be more damage to the road and more flooding of homes before things finally quiet down late tonight.
DOT crews say they’ll continue to assess the situation until the storm passes with each rising high tide. Once the storm does pass, they’ll put together a more permanent plan to get this roadway back open.
Overwash and tidal flooding have also been reported on the southern end of the Outer Banks in the town of Buxton.
9 On Your Side will have more on the effects in the southern regions beginning at 5.