Several beach houses crumble in the waves of the Atlantic

RODANTHE, NC — The National Park Service says two beach houses fell in surf along the North Carolina coast. The homes, which were unoccupied when they fell into the ocean, were located along Ocean Drive in the Outer Banks community of Rodanthe.

The park service confirmed the collapses on Tuesday and closed off areas around the fallen structures. Debris from the first fallen house spread widely. Cape Hatteras National Seashore officials say they will work closely with the owner to coordinate cleanup activities. This is the third time a Rodanthe house has fallen in the waves this year.

“Unfortunately, there may be more houses collapsing on Seashore beaches in the near future,” said David Hallac, superintendent of eastern North Carolina National Parks, in a statement obtained by the ‘Associated Press. “We proactively contacted property owners along Ocean Drive in Rodanthe after the first house collapse and recommended that action be taken to prevent the collapse and impacts to the Cape Hatteras National Seashore.”

The North Carolina coast consists almost entirely of narrow, low barrier islands. Hatteras Island is part of what is known as the Outer Banks.