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Dare County allowing residents to return to Hatteras Island in stages

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MANTEO, N.C. (AP) -- Dare County officials say residents of
Hatteras Island will be able to return to their homes in stages
during Labor Day weekend.

A statement from the county Thursday said the first stage of
re-entry is scheduled to begin at 6 a.m. Sunday.

The staged re-entry goes alphabetically by resident and hometown
and starts with the villages of Buxton, Hatteras, and Frisco.
Officials say utility service and other infrastructure in those
villages makes returns to them possible.

As conditions improve in the island's other villages, their
residents will be able to return.

Hurricane Irene damaged Highway 12 over the weekend. Since then,
supply ferries have been running to Hatteras Island but tourists
and residents who evacuated have not been able to get there. Some
2,500 people rode out the storm.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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