Kitty Hawk businesses wring out from flooding
Seawater rushing through dunes two blocks away kept on rising, and soon they had to get away from Hurricane Sandy’s surge. Most of the exhibits were lost.
“The kids are really disappointed,” Hannon, director of the non-profit museum, said Thursday.
Children at Play was one of about a half dozen businesses in a strip shopping center just south of Kitty Hawk Road that saw some of the worst flooding from the storm.Hannon plans to move the museum across the street to the shopping center owned by Capt. Frank’s Harvey Hess. But it will mean starting over again with more fund-raising, she said.
A few doors down at Coastal Mattress Mart, owners Wendell Smith and Styeve Gross saw the water coming down the street. They stacked mattresses on top of box springs and were able to save much of the inventory in the store. But the carpeting was ruined.
He pointed to the water line along the box springs on the bottom of a stack.
“It only went right there,” he said. “So we salvaged everything there up and all our stacks in the back.”
Hunter Stuart and his crew at I Got Your Crabs put all of the restaurant’s equipment up on counters. The uncarpeted floor made for an easy mop up, but as the water dried, it left behind a salty crust.
The shopping center is in an area of Kitty Hawk where water collected through several tide cycles as 10- 15-foot waves pounded the coastline. Dunes just north of the Black Pelican were flattened, and a section of N.C. 12 was buckled and broken.
Traffic on U.S. 158 was rerouted around the flooding until Wednesday morning.
Farther north, near the Hilton Garden Inn, water still swamped N.C. 12 near a shopping center and the Rundown Cafe on Thursday.Town Manager John Stockton said that he expects to have figures Friday on the number of businesses and homes damaged by the storm.
Kitty Hawk and Hatteras Island were hardest hit. Throughout Kitty Hawk, neighborhoods on the ocean side were still flooded Thursday. Pumps were working hard to bring the water level down. A makeshift ocean outfall at the popular beach access near John’s Drive-In was sending the water back to the sea.
By Thursday afternoon, most of N.C. 12 to the south was cleared of sand, which was piled in huge dunes almost as high as as the oceanfront cottages.
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