Hatteras Island

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9:57 am
Mon November 19, 2012

Storm Surges Wreck Only Highway Off Hatteras Island

N.C. Highway 12 after Superstorm Sandy wrecked sandbag structures built to protect it
N.C. Deparment of Transportation

In the outer banks, storm surges are destroying parts of the one highway onto and off of Hatteras Island. That’s despite massive sandbag structures the state Department of Transportation built a few years ago along the most battered section of N.C. Highway 12. The structures are covered to look like dunes, and they’re 20 feet wide, six feet tall and stretch for almost a half-mile. 

But Superstorm Sandy wreaked havoc on the sandbags.

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