UPDATE: THE ROAD REOPENED AT 7:53 P.M. WE WATCHED AS EMERGENCY VEHICLES DISPERSED. IT IS OPEN IN BOTH DIRECTIONS.
A section of Ocean Boulevard and Duck Road (N.C. Hwy. 12) that has been closed since early morning because of a main water line break on Ocean Boulevard will reopen around 6 p.m., the Town has announced.
Traffic will continue to be re-routed on residential roads around the closure, which extends from the intersection of U.S. Hwy 158-N.C. Hwy. 12 north to the intersection of East Dogwood Trail and Duck Road. The water line break occurred around 130 Ocean Blvd., the Town announced earlier.
Northbound traffic on South Dogwood Trail continues to be backed up and to move slowly. The southbound traffic, diverting from Duck Road on to East Dogwood Trail or another residential access road, is heavier than usual, but moving steadily.
No cause of the water line break has been announced officially, but it is believed to have been caused by a lightning strike during this morning’s severe thunderstorm.
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