Park Service warns of debris along Outer Banks after homes collapse in waves – WSOC TV

OUTER BANKS, NC — Debris from two homes that collapsed in waves along the Outer Banks is washing ashore, prompting the National Park Service to issue warnings to visitors walking along the Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

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The park service said in a news release Wednesday that some of the debris was covered in sand and some of it was fully exposed. Authorities advise visitors to wear hard-soled shoes on the beach between Rodanthe and Salvo, although sharp debris can also be found in areas south of Salvo.

The vacant homes were located along Ocean Drive in the Outer Banks community of Rodanthe. A third house in Rodanthe collapsed in February.

While larger pieces of debris have been removed, miles of smaller debris remain above and below the beach’s surface, the park service said. Waterfront workers are aware of wood with exposed nails, splintered wood fragments, and other debris that could be harmful to swimmers without hard-soled shoes.

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In addition to the debris, erosion at Buxton Beach Access has exposed PVC pipes and other items associated with disused military installations in the area. Workers cut pipes and remove as much exposed debris as possible.