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Attorney General Roy Cooper Warns of Scams as NC Officials Assess Damage from Sandy

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, Attorney General Roy Cooper warns people to be careful of scams, especially those saying they are collecting money for relief efforts.

“The lowest of the low use catastrophes like this to line their own pockets,” Cooper said in a statement. “Don’t let phony charities divert your donations from those who really need our help.”

Authorities are assessing damage from Hurricane Sandy along the North Carolina coast. Some roads were flooded, including the U.S. Highway 158 Bypass in Kill Devil Hills and N.C. Highway 12. Most counties reported that there wasn’t any major damage, however.

Crews reported damage to the pavement on the south side of the temporary bridge over the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge breach. The state Department of Transportation said the hurricane left sand and debris in certain areas on N.C. 12 on Pea Island from south of the Bonner Bridge to Rodanthe.

Jon Nance, deputy highway administrator said they are making “good progress” on cleanup efforts. The good thing is the roadway is still connected. Last year, they weren’t so lucky. Hurricane Irene left three major holes in N.C. 12 last year, requiring extensive repairs including the installation of the temporary bridge over Pea Island.

Currently the only way in and out of Hatteras Island is by ferry. Residents are able to take the ferry home and supplies and emergency equipment is being transported there. Visitors aren’t able to get to the island at this time, according to reports by Wral.com.

According to county spokesmen, most of the roads are now passable in Currituck County, some roads still have standing water in Carteret County and no homes have been flooded in Hyde County. Officials continue to assess the damage in other counties.

Source: Wral.com

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