RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina's Outer Banks is still digging out from Hurricane Sandy a month after the storm left a mess on the barrier islands.

The hurricane was followed by a pair of nor'easters, each packing 30 mph winds for nearly a week. State Department of Transportation officials said Monday that with calm conditions finally returning, they're sorting through repair options for battered N.C. Highway 12.

DOT technical services director Victor Barbour says possibilities include a temporary bridge over the wrecked roadway and clawing up offshore sand and pumping it onshore to fill gaps in protective sand dunes.

East Carolina University professor Stanley Riggs says beach rebuilding on the fastest-eroding part of the state's shoreline would take huge amounts of sand that may survive only a few months.

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