Access to southern Buxton, Frisco, Hatteras village remain restricted

While surge flooded some of their storage buildings, nothing got inside Lee Robinson General Store in Hatteras village. [Facebook]

Visitors will be able to access more of Hatteras Island starting on Wednesday, but the southern sections of the island below Cape Hatteras Secondary School will remain restricted to just residents, property owners and authorized personnel due to continued recovery efforts.

Dare County Control Group Bulletin #15, Tuesday 5:15 p.m.:
Unrestricted access to the village of Avon and northern areas of Buxton will begin at noon, Wednesday, September 11. Priority Three will remain in place for areas south of Buxton Back Road and NC 12 (NC SR 1232 at Cape Hatteras Secondary School), including the villages of Frisco and Hatteras. Visitors will not be allowed past the checkpoint at Cape Hatteras Secondary School.

The Dare County Control Group met Tuesday afternoon to consider reentry guidelines for Frisco and Hatteras Village and have determined these areas are not ready to receive visitors. The Control Group will meet again on Wednesday afternoon to assess conditions. The next update will be provided on Wednesday by 6 p.m.

Storm Debris
Details have not been finalized for debris pickup, please continue piling storm related debris into 4 SEPARATE PILES onto the right-of-way at least 30 feet from fire hydrants. Visit for information on how to separate debris and updates as details are finalized.

National Park Service, Outer Banks Group
Fort Raleigh National Historic Site – Open, but all trails will remain closed until further notice.

Wright Brothers National Memorial – Open

Cape Hatteras National Seashore – updated Tuesday, 10 p.m.:
Most areas and services north of the Cape Hatteras Secondary school in Buxton will open Wednesday at noon. National Park Service visitor areas and services in Frisco, Hatteras Village, and on Ocracoke Island remain closed.

Open facilities and services include:

    Beachfront parking areas.
    The Oregon Inlet Fishing Center.
    Oregon Inlet boat ramps and parking.
    Off road vehicle routes from Ramp 2 to Ramp 44 at Cape Point.
    The Kite Point sound side access.
    Oregon Inlet and Cape Point Campgrounds
    Bodie Island and Cape Hatteras lighthouse climbing operations and bookstores
    Off road vehicle permit offices at the Bodie Island and Cape Hatteras lighthouses.
    The Inside Road between Ramp 44 and South Beach Road (old Ramp 45).

Closed areas north of Buxton include:

    Salvo Day Use area will be closed due to flooding of the restroom facility and septic system.
    Haulover Day Use areas will be closed due to damage to the parking area, seawall and railing, and flooding of the restroom septic system. Windsurfers, kiteboarders, surfers and other beach users seeking access between Avon and Buxton should not park along the highway and should consider using the Kite Point parking area just south of Haulover
    The Avon Pier remains closed until Thursday morning.

Dare County Schools
Cape Hatteras Elementary School will resume a regular schedule beginning tomorrow, Wednesday, September 11.

Due to continuing repairs from hurricane Dorian, Cape Hatteras Secondary School will be closed for students for the remainder of this week.

A decision will be made as soon as possible to determine if Cape Hatteras Secondary School will resume a regular schedule on Monday, September 16.

All other schools are on a regular schedule.

Dare County services available for Hurricane Dorian recovery
Hurricane Recovery Stations
The Avon, Frisco, and Hatteras Fire Departments are the designated Hurricane Recovery Stations; Avon and Frisco are manned by Social Services Division staff and Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) members. Residents and property owners on Hatteras Island can receive cleaning supplies, information regarding clean up crews, or place a request for assistance with cleaning up their home or property. Individuals who cannot get to one of the recovery stations and needs assistance can call 252.475.4196.

Individuals in other parts of Dare County who need assistance because of damage from Dorian may contact Dare County Department Health & Human Services’ Social Services Division at 252.475.5500 and ask to speak to a social worker in the Emergency Services Unit.

Mobile Food Kitchens
The Salvation Army continues to operate two feeding sites, at the Frisco Fire Department and at the Old PNC Bank in Buxton (Fessenden Center Annex). Meal times are 8:00 a.m. for breakfast, 12:00 p.m. for lunch, and 6:00 p.m. for dinner. The Baptist Men are operating a feeding site at the Hatteras Ferry Terminal. Meal times are 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. for lunch and 4:30p.m. to 6:00 p.m for dinner.

Tetanus Vaccines
Tetanus vaccinations will be available on Thursday, September 12, 2019 from 10 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at the Frisco Fire Department and from 1:30 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. at the Avon Fire Department. Tetanus vaccinations will be available at the Fessenden Center in Buxton on Friday, September 13, 2019 from 10 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Individuals in other parts of Dare County can call Dare County Department of Health & Human Services at 252.475.5003 to make an appointment.

Unemployment Benefits
Individuals who wish to inquire and/or file for unemployment benefits are to contact the Division of Employment Security at 888.737.0259,selection option #2 or visit

Food and Nutrition Services Benefits
Food and Nutrition Services Benefits for September 2019 were issued on Saturday, September 7, 2019 for all recipients. Food and Nutrition Services recipients who suffered a food loss during Hurricane Dorian have until September 30, 2019 to request replacement benefits. Recipients need to contact Social Services Division at 252.475.5500 and ask to speak to a worker in the Food and Nutrition Services Unit. At this time, we have no information about Disaster Food Stamps.

Mosquito Spraying
Dare County will resume mosquito spraying this evening and continue as long as the weather permits. Residents are asked to stay clear of the mosquito spraying operations. Dare County Mosquito Control cannot spray individual properties or driveways.