Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019. 4 p.m.

By Connie Leinbach

“We’re resilient; we’re responding,” said Tom Pahl, Ocracoke’s county commissioner, about the historic flooding from when Hurricane Dorian inundated on Ocracoke yesterday.

Food, water and supplies have been delivered nonstop via helicopter and boat since Friday afternoon.

Running water has been turned back on, said Dave Tolson, Ocracoke Sanitary District manager, but Ocracoke is under a boil water advisory until further notice.  Any water consumption—used in cooking, eating–needs to be boiled for at least one minute,  he said.

Electricity is still off and it will be a while until full service is restored, Pahl said.

Officials are working on getting various services to the island: Salvation Army cooked meals, ice, portable showers and more.

The Ocracoke Volunteer Fire Department is the command center for information and aid on Ocracoke. Photo: C. Leinbach
Albert O’Neal, Ocracoke Volunteer Fire Dept. chief, left helms a boat with Brian Kissel, rescuing stranded islanders on Friday. Photo: C. Leinbach
A view of Friendly Ridge Road Friday morning as Hurricane Dorian lashed Ocracoke Island. Photo: C. Leinbach
The Jolly Roger is one of the many island businesses that got whacked Friday by Hurricane Dorian. Photo: C. Leinbach
Dead fish along Irvin Garrish Highway from the receding flood waters. Photo: C. Leinbach
Looking north on Irvin Garrish Highway Friday afternoon. Photo: C. Leinbach
Gov. Roy Cooper visits Ocracoke. Photo: C. Leinbach
Lt. Tom Callison pilots the UH60 Blackhawk that has made deliveries to Ocracoke since Friday. He has shuttled 1,200 pounds of food and water and communications equipment. Photo: C. Leinbach


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  1. Our family have visited Ocracoke twice on our way south in vacations. I always follow the route of storms in the fall hoping that you all will escape.. This was a brutal one. We will follow the recovery week by week and we wish you well. I know how much needs doing because Sandy the winter storm messed up houses in the Jersey beach towns and they had to be stripped to the wood beams. and all the cars were ruined.We all have you in our minds today.Mary Stewart 2413 Delancey Street. Philadelphia PA 19103

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