Officials update on recovery efforts in Dare County after Hurricane Matthew

Posted at 10:10 AM, Oct 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-26 17:07:04-04

DARE COUNTY, N.C. - Recovery and cleanup efforts continue in Dare County after Hurricane Matthew caused a lot of damage earlier this month.

The current estimate of damage in Dare County is $52 million, a figure that is expected to grow, according to Board of Commissioners Chairman Bob Woodard.

During a visit to Kitty Hawk Wednesday, Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest said the entire state is still reeling from the aftermath of the storm.

"We are obviously on a very long road to recovery here in North Carolina. Nobody east of Raleigh was immune to this storm and the damages that this storm wrecked upon our state," he said.

Along NC-12 in Kitty Hawk near the Black Pelican Restaurant, crews are working to repair a section of roadway that was damaged by both Matthew and a previous storm, Hermine.

"We were just beginning work when Hurricane Matthew hit, so between the two storms, we have had about 350 feet of pavement loss and about 2500 feet of dune loss," Jerry Jennings with North Carolina's Department of Transportation shared.

Officials hope to reopen the roadway by Thanksgiving.

On Monday, a FEMA Disaster Survivor Assistance Team began outreach efforts on Hatteras Island. More than 500 applications from Dare County homeowners, renters and business owners had been submitted to FEMA. Those applications have led to almost $500,000 being issued.

Food and Nutrition Services beneficiaries in eastern North Carolina who lost food because of the hurricane now have until October 28th to request replacement benefits.

The Dare County Department of Health & Human Services has been providing guidance about tetanus vaccinations for those who are involved in Hurricane Matthew recovery efforts or have been exposed to flood waters.

Dare County Public Works started picking up storm debris in Colington Harbor and Martin's Point on Tuesday.

Contracted debris removal workers started working in Hatteras Village this week picking up items like flooded refrigerators and washing machines.

You can read the latest update on Hurricane Matthew recovery efforts in Dare County here

You can read the latest information on debris removal in Dare County after Hurricane Matthew here