Record rains flood roads, beach ramps and campgrounds on NC Outer Banks

Flooding near the Cape Point Campground in Oct. 2015. File photo from Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

BUXTON, N.C. (WNCN) – Officials with Cape Hatteras National Seashore say recent record-breaking rain on Hatteras Island has impacted beach ramps, campgrounds and roads, and more rain is expected this weekend.

The latest list of how to access various areas.
The latest list of how to access various areas. (Click for larger version).

A statement from officials says there is approximately seven to eight inches of standing water at Cape Point Campground, making it inoperable. The campground’s online reservation system for Cape Point has been paused for seven days.

After a week, park staff will assess the campground and determine if it’s safe to allow visitors to reserve camping spaces.

While officials say there are no plans to close any ramps due to standing water, people using a ramp on Hatteras Island are urged to use their best judgment. The ramps most heavily impacted by the recent rainfall are 43, 44, and 49.

“Tropical Storm Bonnie dropped 7-8 inches of rain in areas on Hatteras Island. Over 7 inches of rain fell near the Frisco Campground, breaking a record for daily rainfall and resulting in record rainfall for the month of May,” Cape Hatteras National Seashore officials wrote on Facebook.

Around 4 p.m. Saturday, officials released the latest updates on how to access various areas.

On Bodie Island ramps 1 and 2 are only available by foot. Ramp 4 has 4 inches of standing water, but might be accessed with an off-road vehicle, officials said.

On Hatteras Island, Ramp 43 is open to off-road vehicles, but there is 8-10 inches on the entry area. Elsewhere on Hatteras, Inside Road has 6-8 inches of water in some areas and Pole Road has a foot of standing water.

Ocracoke Island Ramp 59 is only open to pedestrians with 6 inches of water on the ramp.

— The Associated Press contributed to this report

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