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
storm-surge reached 7.5 feet, the highest recorded in recent history
400 of the 1,200 structures took significant damage and 200 were ruled completely uninhabitable
300-400 cars were damaged by the floodwater; the majority were totaled
roughly 40% of residents were displaced by the storm
OIRRT Officially Forms
in order to address the significant need in the community, the long term recovery group forms
9,000 truck loads of debris totaling over 6,650 tons have been removed from the Island
March 6 2020
it is estimated conservatively that 20% of residents still remain displaced, unable to live in their own homes
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.
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,
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.
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.
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.
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