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Dredging, re-marking channel will aid boaters in Hatteras Inlet

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This graphic from the NC Ferry Division in August shows the various depths of Hatteras Inlet, with the red areas the shallowest. Photo by C. Leinbach

 Ocracoke Observer editor’s note: Donny Potter, chief of physical support branch of the Army Corps of Engineers confirmed today that dredging work will resume Jan. 29. Total dredge time is 12 days. 
Published in the  Island Free Press.
By CATHERINE KOZAK

The federal dredge Merritt is scheduled to arrive at sand-clogged Hatteras Inlet on Saturday, although there’s a good chance that the project may be delayed by a strong, fast-moving coastal low.  

“If there is a significant weather event, the Merritt will probably not work,” said Daniel Sinclair, deputy chief of the plant section for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Wilmington District.

Dredging Hatteras Inlet Jan. 2015. Photo by Stacey Sutton

Dredging Hatteras Inlet Jan. 2015. Photo by Stacey Sutton

Sinclair said that the Merritt has been scheduled to work a half-day on Saturday and all of Sunday, followed by a layover of three days. Work would then resume on Jan. 29 and continue through Feb. 4.

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