The U.S. Coast Guard assists Oracoke's Postmaster Celeste Brooks with mail deliveries while the Hatteras/Ocracoke ferry service has been shut down. Photo bp P. Vankevich
The U.S. Coast Guard assists Oracoke’s Postmaster Celeste Brooks with mail deliveries while the Hatteras/Ocracoke ferry service has been shut down. Photo bp P. Vankevich

Oct. 7; 4:07 p.m.

Neither floods nor shut down ferries have prevented the  mail from being delivered thanks to the U.S. Coast Guard. During the emergency on the Outer Banks that included no ferry service, the U.S. Coast Guard stationed on Hatteras Island stepped in to provide assistance.

Limited service today; full service returns Thursday

Ocracoke – NCDOT’s Ferry Division today announced it is resuming service on its Cedar Island-Ocracoke and Swan Quarter-Ocracoke routes, with a limited schedule today followed by the resumption of full scheduled service on Thursday, October 8. Hyde County’s restrictions on visitor access to Ocracoke will also be lifted on Thursday at 7 a.m.

The schedule for today will be:

  • 4 p.m. Ocracoke to Cedar Island
  • 5 p.m. Swan Quarter to Ocracoke (residents, property owners, vendors, emergency personnel, and utility workers only)


 The Cedar Island and Swan Quarter ferry routes will resume normal operations at7:00 a.m. tomorrow, Thursday, October 8. A final decision about the Hatteras ferry will be made later this afternoon, and if conditions allow the Hatteras-Ocracoke route will also resume normal operations at 7:00 a.m. Thursday, October 8. Please check the NC Ferry website for updates and schedule information.
Hyde County officials announce dthat Ocracoke Island will be open to visitors starting Thursday, Oct. 8.
NC HWY 12 on Ocracoke is currently closed between the Pony Pens and the Hatteras Ferry terminal but will reopen Tomorrow.
All major roads on the Hyde County mainland are clear. The shelter at O.A. Peay School is no longer open.
All Hyde County government offices, including the Hyde County Health Department and Hyde County solid waste convenience sites will resume normal operationsThursday, October 8. The Hyde County Board of Commissioners meeting has been rescheduled to Monday, Oct. 12.
Ocracoke businesses are gradually opening. The Variety Store and Gas Station are open. Howard’s Pub opens tomorrow at 11 a.m.
Safety Information
  • Drivers should continue to exercise caution on roads with standing water.
  • Please read the following Public Safety Announcement from the Hyde County Health Department:
Be safe in days following local flooding
The public and visitors in Hyde County are strongly encouraged to avoid direct contact with flood waters due to potential exposure to bacteria and other potentially harmful substances.  This is especially encouraged for young children, elderly, and immune compromised individuals.
This includes secondary exposure to young children from boots, waders, clothing, etc. stored in garages, mudrooms, houses.
Also, everyone is strongly encouraged to use caution when inspecting, repairing and generally recovering from flooding affects in and around their homes and businesses – wildlife, bees, insects, rodents, snakes, etc. are potentially present in unexpected places where they may have been escaping flood waters.
Finally, if anyone who has had skin or otherwise direct exposure to flood waters and becomes ill, go directly to one’s medical provider of choice for treatment, or contact the Hyde County Public Health Department beginning 8:00 AM Oct 8, 2015 when our offices re-open.  If a need is evident for tetanus vaccinations and/or boosters we may be able to obtain a supply to administer.


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