Hurricane Irene Update #4 (8/28/11 10 AM)
Visitors should delay their arrival.
Hurricane Irene has now passed the Outer Banks, but arriving rental guests this week should plan on delaying their arrival until damage assessments and clean up can be completed.
The storm left streets flooded, power lines down, power outtages around the Outer Banks, and unknown damages at this point. The area's Emergency Control Groups have determined that many areas of the Outer Banks are not safe at this time, and so no residents, property owners or visitors are being allowed onto the beach areas. Road blocks have been put up at the entries to the area, and additional road blocks are in place in heavily effected areas.
Arriving guests should plan on delaying their arrival indefinitely and should not plan on arriving until after they speak with a representative of Outer Banks Blue about conditions at their specific property. At this time most OBB properties are without power and roads accessing the properties are impassible at this point.
The main thoroughfare through Duck which provides access to Corolla has been damaged. Approximately 100 feet of roadway needs to be repaired/replaced in the Duck village as a result of storm flooding. Department of Transportation personnel indicate that it will take at least "a couple of days or more" to repair the roadway so that it is passable.
This breach of the roadway will prevent any assessment of properties in the Duck/Corolla area until after it is repaired.
Arriving guests should contact the trip interruption insurance company to file a claim on any insurance that was purchased. Guests may receive a full refund for this week.
Your patience is appreciated in this situation. We are working hard to accommodate you as soon as possible.
All the best from the beach!