Five weeks after Hurricane Irene pushed a four-foot wave from the sound to the sea, the 5,000 residents of Hatteras Island are cut off from the world and fending mostly for themselves.Read the full article
A Dare County deputy parks south of Salvo to keep outsiders out of three northern villages that absorbed Irene's worst blows. The streets of Rodanthe, Waves and Salvo are lined with smashed campground trailers and heaps of spoiled beds, chairs and refrigerators still being dragged out of a few hundred houses that were flooded in the Aug. 27 storm.
"We just need help," said Chris Davis, 28, of Kill Devil Hills, a Hatteras Island native who volunteered for a couple of days to help speed the recovery. "This place is a whole lot worse than what any news channel's ever said."