Cape Hatteras KOA Makes Hasty Recovery
The Cape Hatteras (N.C.) Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA) Resort is no stranger to hurricanes, and according to a written announcement from the company, area media have overblown reports of damage to the Outer Banks property from Friday’s (July 4) Hurricane Arthur.
“Everything we did at Cape Hatteras after Hurricane Irene in 2011 to combat the effects of hurricanes on the campground actually worked,” said Terry Shade, KOA vice president of company-owned properties.
There were 32 small, basic camping cabins at the Cape Hatteras KOA Resort that did sustain some damage and are being evaluated, but the campground will reopen Wednesday without the small cabins. The swimming pool will also be closed for the next few days for cleaning, but the pool was undamaged.
Shade said the campground will operate with limited services and amenities until July 21, when campers should have full access to all this “new” KOA Resort has to offer.
KOA spent $6.8 million in 2011 after Hurricane Irene to rebuild the campground. The rebuild included a new main building/store that was built on 12-foot pilings. That building also included an elevator and luxury suites on the third floor.
The rebuild also included 18 “aerial deluxe cabins” also built on 12-foot pilings. Neither the main building nor the aerial deluxe cabins sustained any damage.
“It took us three years to rebuilt after Hurricane Irene in 2011,” said Shade. “It’s going to take us about 10 days to clean up after Hurricane Arthur. I’d say that’s progress.”
Shade said every single measure taken after Hurricane Irene was successful, including a large sand dune “berm” built along the highway and in front of the main building.
“That sand berm did its job,” he said. “It prevented debris from the storm from entering the campground and causing more damage. Also, placing the deluxe cabins and the main buildings on the 12-foot pilings worked just as planned.”
Shade said six other deluxe cabins that were not on pilings also escaped damage.
All deluxe cabins at the campground, along with RV and tent sites, will be available for rent on Wednesday. Only the 32 basic cabins will be taken out of active camping inventory.
Campers will be offered discounts through Sunday.