Dare County remains under a mandatory evacuation of visitors to Hatteras Island effective at 6 a.m. Saturday, July 29. No re-entry timeline has been provided at this time.
FROM THE LATEST CAPE HATTERAS ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE UPDATE:
Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative (CHEC) continues restoration efforts in the wake of a transmission outage that was caused when PCL Construction accidently drove a steel casing into the cooperative's underground transmission cable on Thursday morning, July 27.
Dare County has issued a mandatory evacuation of all non-residents on Hatteras Island, due to life safety issues from the loss of reliable electrical power.
CHEC will continue to supply temporary power through the Buxton diesel generators and portable generators until the transmission repairs are complete.
PCL Construction, CHEC and New River Construction, the cooperative's transmission contractor, have worked to excavate the site of the incident. CHEC's transmission system is three-phase, meaning there are three individual cables buried on the south side of the bridge. Crews have exposed one of the cables, revealing that it was severed by the steel casing (see photo on the CHEC Facebook page). Cooperative crews are working with New River Construction, to test the integrity of the other two cables, which remain buried underground, to ensure that only the one cable was damaged.
Once it is confirmed that only one of the three cables has been compromised, CHEC and New River Construction will move forward to splice the cable back together. There are several challenges to overcome before this can happen, as the damaged cable is missing about a two foot section.
PCL Construction, New River Construction and CHEC will continue to work around the clock until the repair is made. The cooperative will have a better timeframe for the repair, once it is confirmed that the other two cables have not been damaged. Weather permitting, crews will work to test these cables on Saturday afternoon.
FROM THE LATEST DARE COUNTY RELEASE:
Due to life safety issues from the loss of reliable electrical power on Hatteras Island and growing uncertainty as to when repairs to the main transmission line will be completed to enable restoration of full power to the island, a mandatory evacuation has been issued for all visitors to Hatteras Island, effective at 6 a.m. on Saturday, July 29. This evacuation order includes the villages of Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon, Buxton, Frisco and Hatteras. Click here to download the Emergency Declaration for Mandatory Evacuation for travel insurance purposes. Residents, non-resident property owners, essential personnel, and non-resident employees of non-critical businesses will be allowed entry with proper reentry credentials.
FROM THE DARE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE:
The mandatory evacuation for all visitors to Hatteras Island remains in effect and includes the villages of Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon, Buxton, Frisco and Hatteras. Vacationers who have not yet evacuated should pack all belongings, check out with their accommodations provider and depart Hatteras Island as soon as possible.
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.
For those on Hatteras Island, it is important to remember that mandatory power and water conservation measures remain in effect. All Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative (CHEC) customers must remove air conditioning systems and hot tub heaters from the power grid by turning off system circuit breakers. In addition, mandatory water restrictions are in place prohibiting the filling of pools or hot tubs, the watering of lawns, and the watering of driveways or sidewalks for cleaning.
Dare County Emergency Management will continue to work with Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative to help facilitate the restoration of power to levels that will allow visitors to return. At this time there is no estimate regarding the timeline for restoration of services to allow visitors to return.
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. Guests currently on the Island should follow all county orders and evacuate the Island to the north in a safe and timely manner.
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 to file a claim for coverage. Please also see the link in Dare County's message above to download the Emergency Declaration of Mandatory Evacuation to provide to your insurer.
For Guest 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.
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 10 a.m. tomorrow, July 30, unless additional information is received earlier.
Outer Beaches offices and phone lines will reopen at 9 a.m. tomorrow, July 30. Please anticipate a high call volume and extended wait time. We are working to answer all questions as quickly as possible.
In the meantime, please travel safely.
-The Outer Beaches Realty Team