While crews are narrowing in on temporary and permanent solutions as quickly as possible, Dare County remains under a mandatory evacuation of visitors to Hatteras Island. No re-entry timeline has been provided at this time.
FROM THE LATEST CAPE HATTERAS ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE UPDATE:
Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative's (CHEC) continued transmission restoration efforts last night revealed good news. Further testing at the site of the Bonner Bridge incident indicates that only two of the three underground transmission cables sustained damage.
The cooperative continues its execution of two simultaneous solutions to restore transmission service. The underground solution is to continue the excavation and de-watering process, digging to greater depths to reach and splice the second damaged cable. Splicing on the first damaged cable is complete. Installation efforts began early this morning on the second solution - building a new overhead transmission line that will run from the south end of the Bonner Bridge to meet the cooperative's existing overhead transmission line.
Restoring permanent transmission service as quickly and safely as possible is CHEC's top priority, which is why workers are aggressively pursuing both solutions to determine which will be completed first. The timeline for a complete repair ranges from one to two weeks.
The cooperative is supplying power to the island via permanent and portable diesel generators, and while it pursues the permanent solutions, CHEC is concurrently working to expand the temporary generation service on Hatteras Island in order to accommodate a staged reentry of visitors. A mandatory evacuation remains in effect for all visitors to Hatteras Island at this time.
NEXT STEPS FOR GUESTS:
Following all official county orders, all Outer Beaches homes remain closed. Guests due to check in this weekend should delay arrival until the evacuation order has been lifted. For Guests due to check in August 4-6, we do not yet have any information on if/how your vacation will be impacted. We will communicate with you via these updates and a direct email as soon as we have more information that relates to your stay.
Refunds for shortened or missed vacations are being issued at the determination of travel insurance providers. For Guests who purchased travel insurance, please contact your provider (found here: /vacation-rentals/travel-insurance/) with your reservation number or policy number for more information or to file a claim for coverage. Click here to download the Emergency Declaration for Mandatory Evacuation for travel insurance purposes.
NEXT STEPS FOR OWNERS:
From Dare County:
Currently, Essential Personnel (Priority One), Permanent Residents & Essential Personnel for Critical Businesses (Priority Two), and Non-Resident Property Owners & Non-Resident Employees of Non-Critical Businesses (Priority Three) are allowed access to Hatteras Island with proper reentry credentials. Details regarding reentry procedures are available at darenc.com/reentry. As you approach the checkpoint north of the Bonner Bridge, please have your license, reentry pass, or tax bill readily available.
Outer Beaches is cooperating with all Dare County and CHEC orders and recommendations to support their efforts in restoring power to all areas as quickly as possible. At this time, we are waiting on next updates from CHEC and Dare County officials, and we will continue to communicate all new information as soon as it is received. Our next scheduled update will be at 5 p.m. today, July 31, unless additional information is received earlier.
Outer Beaches offices and phone lines are open. Please anticipate a high call volume and extended wait time. We are working to answer all questions as quickly as possible, so we appreciate your patience as we work through this difficult situation.
-The Outer Beaches Realty Team