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DRAINAGE COMMITTEE REPORT

The torrential rains this summer flooded several beach communities on the Outer Banks, including Whalehead. Whalehead received 12 inches of rain in a five-day period. The pumps on Sailfish and Perch had electrical problems but were quickly repaired. The Marlin pump was not defective, but no electricity was flowing to it. When the pump was switched to generator power, it immediately began to run.

 

The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) promised to send pumps to Whalehead, but no pumps were provided Eventually, the Corolla fire station provided a small pump that was used for portions of Lighthouse Drive.

 

For the past year, the Whalehead Stormwater Drainage District has been working with Moffatt and Nichol, the engineering firm that designed the original drainage system, to enhance and improve the drainage Dolphin Street, the intersection of Sailfish and Lighthouse Drive, Coral Street, Bonito Street, Lighthouse Drive between Barracuda and Herring, the intersection of Sturgeon and Corolla Drive, and Corolla Drive between Shad and Tuna.

 

Bonito Street, which flooded heavily during the last storm, is not part of the Drainage District, because it is a state-owned road, and NCDOT did not respond to Currituck County’s multiple invitations to participate during the construction of the original system. Moffatt and Nichol has prepared preliminary engineering plans for Bonito, and the County has again invited NCDOT to participate.

 

Construction is scheduled to begin in January 2019 and be completed in May 2019. Construction will not include Bonito, unless NCDOT responds to the County’s invitation to participate in the program.

 

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At the semi-annual meeting on March 31, 2018, the engineering firm of Moffatt and Nichol presented its proposals for improving and enhancing the Whalehead storm water drainage system. For members who were unable to attend the meeting, the slides from the presentation are posted on the WPOA website.

 

The Whalehead Drainage District Advisory Board held a special meeting immediately after the WPOA membership meeting. This email is intended as an informal update and is based on my memory of the Advisory Board meeting. It is not the official minutes of the meeting.

 

In response to concerns voiced by the WPOA members, the Advisory Board combined Phases 2 and 3 of the Moffatt and Nichol improvement plan, primarily in order to accelerate action on Bonito flooding. The Advisory Board will recommend to the County that the projects for Phase 1 (Dolphin, Sailfish, Coral, and Sturgeon) begin no later than January 2019. Work on the second discharge line to the Corolla Light pond cannot begin until the Drainage District obtains the necessary water-quality permits and the consent of Corolla Light. The northern Corolla Drive project also will require permits and the consent of Corolla Light.

 

The Advisory Board will ask the Currituck County Board of Commissioners to send a strong letter to NCDOT, reminding NCDOT that it is responsible for maintaining Bonito road, a state-owned road, and its associated drainage areas. We will ask the Board of Commissioners to seek funding assistance from NCDOT before committing service-district funds.

 

The Advisory Board also will explore the possibility of borrowing funds in order to accelerate progress on Bonito. However, the County cannot obtain another loan until the first loan is paid off in August 2019. The County is subject to legal limits on the amount it may borrow, and all loans must be approved by a financial board that meets in October of each year.

 

 

Lee Foreman

Chair, WPOA Drainage Committee

 

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Follow the link below to view the Power Point presentation by Moffatt & Nichol given at the spring WPOA Meeting

20180401_Whalehead Homeowners Meeting

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2016 Fall Currituck County Report

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2016 Fall Report

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