Exposed nails, splintered wood litters miles of Outer Banks beaches

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Thursday, May 26, 2022
2nd house collapses; part of NC 12 along Outer Banks closed
The NCDOT said NC 12 is still closed between Oregon Inlet and Rodanthe due to deep water and sand covering sections of the roadway.

MANTEO, N.C. (WTVD) -- The Cape Hatteras National Seashore is warning visitors about exposed debris from multiple homes that collapsed between Rodanthe and Salvo.

People are advised to wear hard-soled shoes because of the sharp debris, including nails, that now litter the area beaches.

Most of the large debris has been removed by cleanup efforts, but miles of white sand remains splintered with small but dangerous pieces. The Seashore said they are aware of wood with exposed nails, splintered wood and other items that could cause injury.

Officials also said erosion at the Buxton Beach Access have exposed PVC pipes and other underground items associated with decommissioned military facilities in the area.

The Seashore is working to cut those pipes and remove as much of the exposed debris as possible.