August 24, 2009
Cyndy Holda, 252-473-2111, ext. 148
Superintendent Mike Murray announced today the reopening of most off-road vehicle beach access ramps in Cape Hatteras National Seashore after the passing of Hurricane Bill offshore of the North Carolina coast. The storm caused high tides, strong surf conditions and flooding, and resulted in the closure of all vehicular beach access ramps on Friday evening, August 21, 2009.
As of Monday morning, August 24, 2009, all ramps have been reopened, except for Ramp 4 located near Oregon Inlet, Ramp 45 located near the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, and the Pole Road located near Hatteras Inlet. All three areas experienced ocean overwash and/or heavy rains leaving flooded conditions too deep for vehicles to safely pass. National Park Service maintenance crews are working to reopen all three areas, which are expected to reopen within the next 24-hours or when conditions allow the safe passage of vehicles.
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