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By Connie Leinbach
Ocracoke continues to rebuild from the devastating Hurricane Dorian damage more than six months ago on Sept. 6.
Eagerly awaiting visitors after a three-month shutdown following the storm, islanders are now dealing with a second visitor shut down to help stem the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
The rest of the state and most of the country are in the same boat with the national economy virtually at a standstill, but to have two such hits within six months is especially hard for Ocracoke, which relies on income from visitors.
“I have friends who I’m not sure will make it,” said one business owner who declined to be identified.
Yesterday, the White House granted Gov. Roy Cooper’s request for a federal disaster declaration for the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic in North Carolina.
The declaration provides Public Assistance to all 100 North Carolina counties, allowing local governments, state agencies and eligible non-profits to be reimbursed for costs involved in responding to the outbreak.
Meanwhile, the sounds of saws, hammers, nail guns and chain saws continue as islanders work on their homes and businesses.
Below are some photos of progress as of this week and last.
We had to cancel our vacation trip to Ocracoke last September because of Dorian for the first time in the 25 years that we have been visiting the island yearly. We really hope that our upcoming stay the last week of May won’t have to be cancelled also as we are looking forward to patronizing the local businesses in an effort to help the rebuild of the village.
Thank you for the photos and stay safe.
Thanks for the photo essay. It’s heartening to see the progress being made. We’re looking forward to our annual family vacation on Ocracoke in August.
Thanks, and we all look forward to seeing all of our off-island friends.
Excellent photos Connie.👍
Yes, thank you so much for the pictures. They are bittersweet. Holding you all in our hearts with this double whammy you are all going through. Stay well!
Excellent photo’s Connie! Keep up the good work…
Thanks for the pictures….
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