RODANTHE, N.C. (WAVY) — The Atlantic Ocean has claimed another home on North Carolina’s Outer Banks.
The 5-bedroom cottage is at 24183 Ocean Drive in Rodanthe, just south of the Hatteras Island Fishing Pier, and was built in 1980, records show. It was previously listed as a vacation rental with Surf or Sound Realty.
Cape Hatteras National Seashore made the announcement on Wednesday on Facebook and said the National Park Service was communicating with Dare County officials to remove the house and related debris.
On Friday, the National Park Service confirmed the owner has hired a construction company to remove the house and associated debris, which park rangers observed stretching some 15 miles along the beach.
“The large debris field from the fallen house poses a risk to Seashore visitors,” stated David Hallac, superintendent, National Parks of Eastern North Carolina.
The beach near the site of the collapsed house is temporarily closed.
This is far from the first home that’s collapsed or washed away on the Outer Banks as beach erosion continues to eat up shoreline on the sandy barrier islands. Some homes built years ago are now right at edge of the ocean.
Most recently, an oceanfront home vanished overnight in Rodanthe in 2020.
Millions have been spent on beach nourishment plans in an effort to fight back against the ocean.