An Army Corps of Engineers survey boat takes a turn in Ocracoke’s Silver Lake Harbor on Thursday. The Corps has plans to dredge Big Foot Slough in the Pamlico Sound starting the week of Sept. 21. Photo by Marie Connor

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is tentatively scheduled to begin a dredging effort in the Bigfoot Slough area of Pamlico Sound next week, after inclement weather caused by the remnants of Hurricane Sally clears the region.

During that time, the N.C. Department of Transportation’s Ferry Division Pamlico Sound ferries will adopt temporary one-boat schedule due to due to a mechanical issue and shoaling concerns until dredging completed.

The dredging effort is expected to last about one week, depending on weather and marine conditions.

Once the dredging effort is complete, the Ferry Division will be able to resume its full schedule between Cedar Island, Swan Quarter and Ocracoke.

Beginning Friday, Sept. 18, the temporary schedule will be as follows:

  • Cedar Island to Ocracoke: 10:30 a.m.
  • Ocracoke to Cedar Island:  7:30 a.m.
  • Swan Quarter to Ocracoke:  4:30 p.m.
  • Ocracoke to Swan Quarter:  1:30 p.m.

Reservation holders whose trips are affected by the change will be notified by email or phone.

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