Rodanthe house falls into Atlantic, debris scattered along beach for miles

Published 2:58 pm Wednesday, February 9, 2022

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A two-story house has collapsed into the Atlantic Ocean south of the Rodanthe Pier. Cape Hatteras National Seashore was notified of the collapse early Wednesday morning.

The structure – identified as 24183 Ocean Drive – had not been connected to water or power for a year or more, reported Chicamacomico Banks Fire Chief Mike Daugherty, who was alerted about the collapse around 7 a.m. Wednesday morning.

Cape Hatteras National Seashore alerted beachgoers to the presence of debris from Rodanthe through Salvo to Ramp 23, seven miles south of the site.

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The house collapsed on Cape Hatteras National Seashore beach. The National Park Service must issue a special use permit to the property owners for removal of the debris.

Around 1 p.m., Michael Barber with the National Park Service reported that the service was waiting for a debris removal plan from the property owners before issuing a permit. The plan must include the removal of the house and all related debris on the beach.

The National Park Service is in contact with Dare County and the property owners, who are talking to a local contractor.

According to county records, the house was built in 1980 with five bedrooms and three bathrooms and was 1,960 sq. ft. on a 10,500 sq. ft. lot.