Outer Banks beach home collapses into ocean

A home on the waterfront has become a home in the water after a beach house collapsed into the ocean in the Outer Banks.

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A five-bedroom cottage had been a vacation rental in Rodanthe, North Carolina, WAVY reported.

It was built in 1980, south of the Hatteras Island Fishing Pier.

Officials with Cape Hatteras National Seashore announced Wednesday that the National Park Service is working with Dare County officials on getting the house and debris cleaned up, WAVY reported. The waves are spreading the pieces of the home along the Outer Banks, CNN reported.

NEWS RELEASE Cape Hatteras National Seashore visitors should use caution when participating in recreational activities...

Posted by Cape Hatteras National Seashore on Wednesday, February 9, 2022

This isn’t the first building to collapse or be swept away at the vacation hot spot. A home damaged by Hurricane Sandy fell into the ocean in 2012. Another house was swept away in 2020, CNN reported.

Beaches are being washed away as tides and sea levels continue to get higher, CNN reported.

The National Park Service had been planning to move the Long Point Cabins in Cape Lookout National Seashore, which is south of Rodanthe, because the cabins are being drenched by high tides and storm surges, CNN reported. From the time they were built until 2020, the distance from the cabins to the water shrank from 300 feet to 48 feet of flat sand.

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