By Connie Leinbach
Tuesday, Oct. 6. 2:18 p.m.
Captain Jason Daniels of the Hyde County Sheriff Department urges motorists to drive very slowly through the water so as to not cause a wake.
“I’ve already issued citations for people driving too fast in this water,” he said today. “That’s careless and reckless driving.”
For the most part, every street in the village is flooded, he said, and driving too fast pushes water into businesses and homes. The speed limit village-wide is 20-mph, which still may cause wake.
Most at risk are those buildings that are about level to the ground, although houses along Sunset Drive, which is completely flooded, are noticing the wake.
“People are driving much too rapidly by and pushing boatloads of water into my yard and up to my house foundation,” noted Kati Wharton.
The highest spot he’s seen on the island is the intersection around Sunset Drive and Cutting Sage.
Daniels was busy Tuesday with such tasks as driving the outgoing mail to the NPS dock in Silver Lake for the Coast Guard, who, again are bringing the mail as they did on Friday.
Daniels will give them outgoing mail, he said.
Ocracoke School Principal Walter Padgett also announced that school will be closed tomorrow (Wednesday).
The latest Hyde County Advisory posted Thursday afternoon noted that .NC HWY 12 on Ocracoke is closed between the Pony Pens and the Hatteras ferry terminal with 4-12 inches of water on the roadway.
Visitor access to the island is still prohibited. A decision about allowing visitors to Ocracoke will be made tomorrow afternoon.
This sign, which could apply village-wide while the streets are flooded, was seen last October outside the Secret Garden Gallery.