Numerous volunteers help clear debris from collapsed house on Hatteras Island

National Parks of Eastern N.C. Superintendent David Hallac (right) and several volunteers work to unload large debris from trailer. Some of these items were collected by volunteers up to ten miles from the site of the house collapse. [NPS photo]

Numerous volunteers turned out Monday morning on Hatteras Island to help clean-up debris from a house that collapsed into the ocean last week near the Rodanthe Pier.

On Feb. 11, W.M. Dunn Construction, LLC. of Powells Point was hired by the owner of the collapsed house at 24183 Ocean Drive to remove what was left of the previously-condemned structure and all associated debris.

Debris has been observed along approximately 15 miles of beach to the south and the volunteer beach cleanup event was held to help mitigate the impacts from additional debris spread and long-term impacts that may occur as debris is covered by sand.

Individuals who plan to clean the beach on their own should place garbage bags and debris above the high tide line to ensure the items don’t get washed back into the ocean.

The beach near the site of the collapsed house is temporarily closed due to unsafe conditions. Short-term closures south of the house site may be necessary. Beach closures will be announced at and via text alert (text CAHAORV to 333111).
For additional information on volunteer opportunities at the Seashore, visit or call 252-475-9042.