Miles of beach in Ocean Drive, Rodanthe have been closed off since the first home took a dive on February 9; footage and photos from the doomed neighborhood show the sand strewn with debris from the once-enviable abodes.
"Unfortunately, there may be more houses that collapse onto Seashore beaches in the near future," said David Hallac, superintendent, National Parks of Eastern North Carolina.
"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."
Cape Hatteras National Seashore (Seashore) has confirmed that an unoccupied house at 24265 Ocean Drive, Rodanthe, N.C. collapsed this afternoon. This is the second unoccupied house collapse of the day at the Seashore. Read more: https://t.co/ZPUiklQAWApic.twitter.com/OMoPNCpbzk
As video of the collapse spread across Twitter, so too did the hashtag #Zillow, after WPRI reporter Tolly Taylor pointed out it was still listed for $381,200.
The current owner had been hoping to make a profit on the 4-bed, 2.5 bath home, which they bought in November of 2020 for $275k... but that now looks unlikely.
According to Taylor, residents in Rhode Island similarly at the mercy of the North Atlantic are being forced to choose between the cost of elevating their homes, or the risk of losing them to rising seas or storms.