Only road onto NC island reopening after Arthur

By EMERY P. DALESIOAssociated Press

MANTEO, N.C. (AP) - The only road onto a North Carolina barrier island damaged by Hurricane Arthur is being reopened in stages.

Permanent residents of Hatteras Island began returning Saturday. Employees of businesses that need to get ready to accommodate arriving tourists were also being allowed onto the island that was closed to arrivals since early Thursday.

A small section of fragile North Carolina Highway 12 buckled after being submerged by churning waters during the Category 2 hurricane. Officials also tested the two-mile-long Bonner Bridge onto the island to ensure it was safe for traffic.

Local authorities aren't saying when vacationers can return to the island, which suffered extensive flooding in some areas.

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