Ferry service resumes to Hatteras Island

A flooded road is seen in Hatteras Island, N.C., Sunday, Aug. 28, 2011after Hurricane Irene swept through the area Saturday cutting the roadway in five locations. Irene caused more than 4.5 million homes and businesses along the East Coast to reportedly lose power over the weekend, and at least 11 deaths were blamed on the storm. (AP Photo/Jim R. Bounds)

September 6, 2011 3:25:37 PM PDT
The state Transportation Department says ferry service providing a way home to Hatteras Island residents who evacuated because of Hurricane Irene has resumed.

The ferry between Stumpy Point and Rodanthe was temporarily shut down on Monday because of damage to a ramp.

But supervisor Keith Matthews said service resumed Tuesday morning.

Residents of Hatteras Island are being allowed to return home this week. Emergency officials had planned a staggered return by village but said Sunday that services and infrastructure had been repaired enough to allow all to return.

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