Gov. Cooper declares State of Emergency to access federal funds for N.C. 12 storm cleanup

Flooding at S-Turns on Nov. 7, 2021. [NCDOT photo]

Governor Roy Cooper has declared a State of Emergency to allow the state to access Federal Highway Funds for the costs associated with the nor’easter last week that led to the closing of N.C. 12 for several days on Hatteras Island.

“This state of emergency will help our Department of Transportation get federal funds to pay for the costs associated with this storm, including repairs to the dunes that protect the highway,” said Governor Cooper.

A coastal storm and high tides combined to bring heavy winds, rain, significant flooding and ocean overwash, closing N.C. 12 from the Marc Basnight Bridge over Oregon Inlet to Rodanthe.

The state has requested aid from the Federal Highway Administration Emergency Relief program to address damages from the storm.

The State of Emergency is in effect for Dare and Hyde counties for 30 days, or the duration of the emergency, whichever is less.

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