Hurricane Dorian

Learn more about the storm and its effects on Ocracoke Island
from the Ocracoke Observer's Award-Winning October 2019 Issue


a brief overview of the storm's effects, and our recovery efforts

September 6th 2019

Hurricane Dorian Hits Ocracoke Island

the storm made landfall around 9am

Historic Flooding

storm-surge reached 7.5 feet, the highest recorded in recent history

Structures Damaged

400 of the 1,200 structures took significant damage and 200 were ruled completely uninhabitable 

Cars Flooded

300-400 cars were damaged by the floodwater; the majority were totaled

Islanders Displaced

roughly 40% of residents were displaced by the storm

October 2019

OIRRT Officially Forms

in order to address the significant need in the community, the long term recovery group forms

February 2020

Debris Removal

9,000 truck loads of debris totaling over 6,650 tons have been removed from the Island

March 6 2020

Returning Home

it is estimated conservatively that 20% of residents still remain displaced, unable to live in their own homes

September 2020

One Year Post

As the one year anniversary of the storm approaches, our community remains forever changed. Current estimates indicate that 80-90 of the original 400-450 residents displaced have not been able to return home. Our recovery effort is focused on supporting those with the most dire long-term needs, and we need your help. If you are able, please consider making a donation.

October 2020

Dorian Reconstruction Project Begins

OIRRT, Hyde County, and Christian Aid Ministries have entered into a reconstruction project in order to rebuild homes damaged or destroyed in Hurricane Dorian. For more information,
click here.

January 22 2021

First Reconstruction Project Completed

On this day, the first home in the joint reconstruction program was completed after 10 weeks of active labor. This was a "total rebuild," meaning the home was built from the ground up after being demolished post-Dorian. For more information about this project, click here

May 2021

Phase One of Reconstruction Complete

After working with Christian Aid Ministries from October 2020 to May 2021, 21 projects were completed ranging from total rebuilds to general repair work. 

November 2021

Phase Two of Reconstruction Begins

Work teams from Christian Aid Ministries returned to Ocracoke on November 27th, and are tentatively scheduled to work with OIRRT through April of 2022 completing more reconstruction and resiliency projects in response to Hurricane Dorian. For more information, click here. 

December 2022

OIRRT Closes Dorian Reconstruction Program

Thanks to our many partners and donors, we our organization was able to rebuild thirty homes for the most vulnerable in our community.

video from Operation Blessing

video from The News & Observer