- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 7, 2015

BREVARD, N.C. (AP) - The latest on the rainstorm that impacted portions of North Carolina:

5:30 p.m.

Officials in Hyde County say they are reopening Ocracoke Island to visitors.

A statement from the county says the island will be open to visitors starting Thursday. In addition, N.C. Highway 12 on Ocracoke will reopen on Thursday as well. .

The Ferry Division of the N.C. Department of Transportation also announced that the Cedar Island and Swan Quarter ferry routes to Ocracoke will resume normal operations at 7 a.m. Thursday. The division is also resuming service on its Hatteras-Ocracoke route. The first departure from Hatteras will be at 7 a.m. Thursday, with the first departure from Ocracoke at 8:30 a.m. The route will then resume its full fall schedule.

2:45 p.m.

Officials in the town of Brevard say heavy rains are to blame for at least 704,000 gallons of untreated sewage being discharged from two city sewer pump stations.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reports (https://avlne.ws/1jOo6fg) City Manager Jim Fatland said one discharge began Saturday and continued for nearly 31 hours. Fatland said discharge from the second station continued for about 20 hours.

City workers were able to capture some of the sewage, which was disposed of. However, it’s estimated that nearly 577,000 gallons of untreated sewage reached the French Broad River.

Landon Davidson of the state Division of Water Resources said Brevard has made “measurable improvements” in its infrastructure, which shortened the length of time sewage spilled in the discharge.

Brevard received 12.49 inches of rain between Sept. 24 and Oct. 4.


Information from: The Asheville Citizen-Times, https://www.citizen-times.com

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