RALEIGH, N.C. (September 20, 2011) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has repaired some damages from Hurricane Irene to coastal game lands, and is working to repair others in time for hunting seasons.
Crews have removed fallen trees and debris blocking roads leading into most game lands, so hunters should have access. However, drivers should take caution because some roads may remain excessively wet.
The rainfall provided much-needed moisture to drought-affected waterfowl impoundments, including Catfish Lake, Lantern Acres, Lodge Road and Roanoke River, according Tommy Hughes, a biologist with the Wildlife Commission.
“There were some positives to this storm,” he said. “We suffered some damage, but we’ve also gotten some much needed rainfall on some very dry land, and that will save money by reducing pumping costs, while providing improved habitat conditions on our waterfowl management areas.”
The most significant damage from Hurricane Irene occurred at Goose Creek, Currituck Banks and Stones Creek game lands.
- At Goose Creek, a storm surge destroyed a pump house at Pamlico Point. The storm also damaged hunter bridges and several water control structures.
- Spring Creek Waterfowl Impoundment lost its Disabled Waterfowl Blind. Efforts are underway to rebuild the blind and have it operational this season.
- Pintail Road on Goose Creek Game land is closed due to storm damage. Personnel are hard at work clearing this road.
- Currituck Banks lost two of its four waterfowl blinds. A local high school is helping rebuild the blinds in time for the late waterfowl season.
Also, hunters at Stones Creek Game Land should use caution on Church Road, as it was damaged in the storm.
Crews from Wildlife Management hope to complete all needed repairs soon and ask for hunters’ patience as we recover from Hurricane Irene.