The North Carolina Division of Transportation introduced Wednesday morning, August 5 that shoaling in Bigfoot Slough exterior of Ocracoke’s Silver Lake Terminal continued with the passage of Tropical Storm/Hurricane Isaias this week. This has compelled the N.C. Ferry Division to instantly undertake a one-boat schedule on Pamlico Sound till the U.S. Military Corps of Engineers can full dredging operations.
The schedule, starting Wednesday, will probably be as follows till additional discover:
– Ocracoke to Cedar Island: 7:30 a.m.
– Cedar Island to Ocracoke: 10:30 a.m.
– Ocracoke to Swan Quarter: 1:30 p.m.
– Swan Quarter to Ocracoke: four:30 p.m.
NCDOT states that with a purpose to safely run extra ferries, water ranges within the channel have to be at the least 9 ft deep. Present depths in some areas are lower than eight ft. Bigfoot Slough is a federal channel maintained by the Military Corps of Engineers.
NCDOT has urgently requested the Corps to carry out emergency dredging operations within the space, calling the channel “a necessary provide chain for commerce, tourism and items for Ocracoke Island.”