UPDATED: Saltwater flooding diminishes along N.C. 12 Saturday afternoon

Water levels on N.C. 12 in Avon had dropped significantly by 4:30 p.m. on Saturday. [Joy Crist/Island Free Press]

N.C. 12 was primarily clear as of 4:30 p.m. on Saturday afternoon after a round of ocean overwash inundated the road during Saturday morning’s high tide.

Small patches of saltwater remained on N.C. 12 in central Avon, however, only sand remained on Pea Island and in northern Buxton.

The affected areas all have minimal dunes due to a mid-November nor’easter that eroded the beaches over the course of multiple high tide cycles.

N.C. 12 through parts of Avon was covered in saltwater the morning of Nov. 30, 2019. [Joy Crist/Island Free Press]

From Saturday morning: