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2 North Carolina beach houses collapse into Atlantic surf

The National Park Service says two unoccupied beach houses have fallen into the waves along North Carolina’s coast. The unoccupied homes were located along Ocean Drive in the Outer Banks community of Rodanthe. The park service confirmed the collapses Tuesday and has closed off the areas around the fallen structures. Debris from the first fallen house has spreading widely. Officials from the Cape Hatteras National Seashore say they'll be working closely with the homeowner to coordinate cleanup activities. This is the third time a Rodanthe home has fallen into the surf this year.


Another house along the Outer Banks has fallen into the ocean. Cape Hatteras National Seashore confirmed reports Tuesday of a collapsed home on Ocean Drive. The house was unoccupied. Officials say the beach has been closed and additional homes in the area may collapse.  The Seashore says they will work with the homeowner to coordinate cleanup activities. David Hallac, superintendent, National Parks of Eastern North Carolina said in a news release that “Unfortunately, there may be more houses that collapse onto Seashore beaches in the near future.”  In February, a house on Ocean Drive in Rodanthe collapsed and debris spread across many miles of coastline before cleanup efforts could get underway.  “We proactively reached out to homeowners along Ocean Drive in Rodanthe after the first house collapse and recommended that actions be taken to prevent collapse and impacts to Cape Hatteras National Seashore” said Hallac. 

Jared Brumbaugh is the Assistant General Manager for Public Radio East. An Eastern North Carolina native, Jared began his professional public radio career at Public Radio East while he was a student at Craven Community College earning his degree in Electronics Engineering Technology. During his 15+ years at Public Radio East, he has served as an award-winning journalist, producer, and on-air host. When not at the station, Jared enjoys hiking, traveling, and honing his culinary skills.