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VIPIReady: Interview with NCDOT official about transportation cancellations in Ocracoke

Posted at 10:42 AM, Sep 26, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-26 10:42:36-04

Raleigh, N.C. - The North Carolina Department of Transportation has decided to close portions of N.C. 12 on Ocracoke Island.

Officials made the call early Saturday morning.

The island has closed between the Pony Pen and the Hatteras/Ocracoke Ferry Terminal due to flooding from heavy rains.

Some parts of N.C. 12 have been reported to have around one foot of water on the roads and have been deemed impassable.

The Hatteras/Ocracoke Ferry has shut down service this morning.

The Pamlico River and Cherry Branch ferries have also had route changes.

Officials advise riders to call ferry terminals ahead to make sure their runs have not been delayed or cancelled.

Areas of standing water have also been reported on Hatteras Island south of the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge.  The road is open and passable, but drivers should proceed with caution and avoid driving through standing water.

There is no estimated schedule for reopening at this time.