As winds from Hurricane Sandy calm along the North Carolina coast, crews from the state department of transportation are beginning to assess the damage.
WHQR’s Sara Wood reports the D-O-T can’t determine the extent of the damage until significant clean-up work is complete.
Along the coast, Dare and Hyde counties were the hardest hit. Ocean water washed over state highways 12 and 158, making travel north of Rodanthe impossible. Ocracoke resident and restaurant owner Daphne Bennink says it’s all part of barrier island living.
“If somebody that’s very close to you or even yourself gets really sick, people say how do you do it? You just do it, there’s no other option. As a result, we’re a really hardy bunch here, we know how to work with one another, our friends our enemies, we all come together and we do what we have to do.”
Bennink says with a few weeks left in tourist season, Hurricane Sandy is the deciding factor for some businesses to close for the year, but she’s trying to re-open by Thursday. As NC DOT crews continue to drain water to assess damages, ferry service is slowly being restored.