Cleanup events set for volunteers who would like to help with collapsed house debris on Rodanthe beach

Published 8:01 am Thursday, May 12, 2022

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Members of the public who would like to help Cape Hatteras National Seashore staff clean up some of the debris from the two houses that collapsed Tuesday may do so at drop-in volunteer events from 9:30-11:30 a.m. and 2-4 p.m. on Thursday, May 12 and Friday, May 13. All four volunteer events are scheduled to begin at the Outer Banks KOA Resort, located at 25099 NC Hwy 12 in Rodanthe.

Supplies will be provided by the National Park Service for these organized efforts to help clean up debris associated with Tuesday’s house collapses. Many of the pieces of wood that have washed up on the beach have exposed nails, so all volunteers are encouraged to wear thick-soled footwear. Children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Those who plan to clean the beach either before or after these organized events should place garbage bags and debris well above the high tide line to ensure the items don’t get washed back into the ocean.

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Anyone not currently on Hatteras Island should visit prior to traveling. As of Thursday morning, NC 12 between the Basnight Bridge and Rodanthe is closed.

“In addition to these volunteer cleanup efforts, a contractor hired by the owners of the collapsed houses is actively cleaning up debris near the sites of the fallen houses and along miles of beach,” stated a press release from NPS. “The Seashore is also bringing in a National Park Service cleanup team through its regional office.”

Additional volunteer events will also be held and will be announced in the coming days.