Shoaling concerns force Pamlico Sound routes to adopt one boat schedule

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OCRACOKE, N.C. (WNCT) Shoaling in Bigfoot Slough outside of Ocracoke’s Silver Lake Terminal continued with the passage of Hurricane Isaias this week, forcing N.C. Ferry Division to immediately adopt a one-boat schedule on Pamlico Sound until the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers can complete dredging operations.

The schedule, beginning Wednesday, August 5 will be as follow until further notice:

  • 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: 4:30 p.m.

NCDOT says, “In order to safely run additional ferries, water levels in the channel must be at least nine feet deep. Currently, depths in some areas are less than eight feet. Bigfoot Slough is a federal channel maintained by the Army Corps of Engineers.”

The N.C. Department of Transportation has urgently requested the Corps to perform emergency dredging operations in the area, calling the channel “an essential supply chain for commerce, tourism and goods for Ocracoke Island.”

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