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NPS Operations and Facilities Resume Normal Hours

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Date: September 7, 2008
Contact: National Park Service, (252) 473-2111

Superintendent Mike Murray announced that on Sunday, September 7, 2008 by 1:00 p.m., all park facilities and areas of the Outer Banks Group have reopened to the public and normal operations and services have resumed.

After the storm passed the Outer Banks, all park resources and facilities were assessed for storm impacts.  Minimal damages were identified, including loss of shingles from rooftops, minimal water leakage in some facilities, scattered debris and tree limbs, and loss of signs, posts and fencing materials for some resource closures.  All ocean side beach areas were evaluated for safe driving conditions and re-opened to ORV traffice by 1:00 p.m., except those areas closed due to seasonal, safety and resource protection closures.

For more information, contact 252-473-2111.

Did You Know?

Ocracoke Inlet was one of the most heavily traveled inlets in the 1700s.

In the 1700s, Ocracoke Inlet was one of the busiest inlets in the East. It was one of the few navigable waterways for ships accessing inland ports such as Elizabeth City, Edenton or New Bern. It was here that Blackbeard the pirate found the inlet's heavy shipping traffic ripe for easy pickings.