Concerning the Hattaras Photos. I just finished a week and a half at the NC Emergency Operations Center/FEMA Disaster Field Office for Hurricane Isabel in NC.
A few points about Isabel. FEMA and NC prepared for a Cat 3/4 storm that thankfully hit at only Cat 2 strength. This was enough, however to create the problems on Hatteras Island. The most critical problem is the isolation of Hattaras Village (275 people). The Ocracoke Ferry from Ocracoke Island to Hattaras Island had its channel filled in and needs to be dredged.
Second, just north of Hattaras Village, Isabel opened a new inlet to Pamlico Sound. On Friday the 19th it was 300 feet wide/10 feet deep. By the 25th, it was 2000 feet wide and still growing. This inlet cut power, water, and sewage to/from Hattaras Village.
This isolation of Hattaras Village is probably the most critical remaining result of Isabel. Interestingly, this area of Hattaras Island had an inlet in the '30s that was being bridged by an FDR WPA project when a Hurricane hit that filled in the inlet. After that storm, the WPA built a road (NC12) instead. Hurricane Isabel's Inlet is exposing the old bridge pylons.
The Army Corps of Engineers has been tasked to fill in the Inlet so the road can be rebuilt. OY VEY! Messing with Mother Nature.
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