North Carolina – High tides along the North Carolina coast caused two homes to collapse in the Atlantic this week.
The National Park Service confirmed that the second house collapsed Tuesday afternoon on the Cape Hatteras National Seashore.
Both houses were unoccupied and the street where the collapsed houses were located – Ocean Drive – was closed following the collapse.
Cape Hatteras National Seashore (Seashore) has confirmed that an unoccupied home at 24265 Ocean Drive, Rodanthe, NC collapsed this afternoon. This is the second unoccupied house collapse of the day at the Seashore. Learn more: https://t.co/ZPUiklQAWA pic.twitter.com/OMoPNCpbzk
— Cape Hatteras National Seashore (@CapeHatterasNPS) May 10, 2022
According to the North Carolina Department of Transportation, highways in the area were also closed due to deteriorating weather conditions in the area..
“Unfortunately, more homes may collapse on Seashore beaches in the near future,” said Eastern North Carolina National Parks Superintendent David Hallac.
Homeowners are working with state officials to coordinate home cleanings, the NPS reported.
“Hundreds of expensive vacation homes have been built there in places where experts say they probably shouldn’t have been,” the Associated Press reported. “The islands are particularly vulnerable to storm surges and flooding from both sides.”
Development along the wound exacerbates shoreline erosion, according to the Associate Press.
It is the third home this year that has fallen into the ocean along the North Carolina coast.
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