Storm damage in Dare County added up to around $502,000

By on September 21, 2018

Overwash on N.C. 12. (Shane Aaron, Island Free Press)

Hurricane Florence’s turn to the south left Dare County relatively undamaged, with minor losses adding up to $502,000.

A report by the county assessor showed that $440,000 of the damage was to houses, $60,000 to businesses and $2,500 to public property.

In Duck, 91 structures saw minor damage from wind, mostly to roofs. The estimated losses added up to $178,000.

Wind caused $140,000 in damage to 11 houses, two commercial buildings and one government structure in Manteo.

While access was limited because of sand and water on N.C. 12, Hatteras Island alo experienced very little property damage.

Eight oceanside houses in Rodanthe had $34,000 in damage from wind and water with one seeing $30,0000 for a total of $64,000.

Minor flooding of non-living areas in two oceanfront houses in Avon caused an estimated $15,000 in damage and in Buxton the cost of damage to one wind-damaged sign came in at $5,000.

About $100,000 in damage was reported in Nags Head, mostly to dune walkovers.

Other towns and communities on the Outer Banks and Dare mainland reported no losses.

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  • surf123

    With the roof damage happening in such minor winds it would seem roofing installations standard and guidelines were not followed. My guess is the required nailing pattern was not followed. This type of shoddy works ends up costing all of us.

    Friday, Sep 21 @ 10:22 pm
  • Sooz

    Question, how does Duck, at the far northern end of the island end up with three times as damage in dollars as our very lucky southern friends?? Sorry to say this, but the first thing that came to my mind was, insurance fraud…

    Saturday, Sep 22 @ 3:49 pm
  • VAlovesOBX

    Hey surf123. Can the home owners go after the roofers for their shoddy work?

    Sunday, Sep 23 @ 7:59 am
  • Fru'Quan

    Does homeowners insurance cover the cost roof replacement or does FEMA?

    Sunday, Sep 23 @ 12:08 pm
  • D Banks

    I don’t think the $502K damage assessment takes into account the millions of dollars worth of renourishment sand that was washed away, leaving many of our beaches looking pretty beat. Renourishment will never successful here because the currents/tides run too swiftly and the waves hit the beach with too much energy. The only way to preserve the beach is to build some sort of artificial reef that takes some of the energy out of the waves before they hit the beach. Nothing else will work, and we will continue to see the erosion devastate the beaches, washing away more tax producing rental homes.

    Monday, Sep 24 @ 2:22 pm