Coastal Homes Could Be Threatened In Dare County

Rough waves are crashing along the Outer Banks, and conditions are expected to deteriorate over the coming days.

Beach erosion is a serious concern. There is also concern that the high waves could breach dunes and threaten homes.

Dare County Emergency Management Coordinator Sandy Sanderson said this storm is building up to be something "we haven't seen in a while."

He talked about the potential of 14 to 16-foot surf for a duration of four or five high tide cycles.

"If we have something like that," Sanderson said, "It's going to certainly threaten the infrastructure right along the beach front."

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  • by Natalyn Location: Eastern NC on Nov 13, 2009 at 06:53 PM
    Sincerely I am sorry for your loss. Just a thought...Mothernature always reclaims what is hers.
  • by swampboy Location: Kitty Hawk on Nov 12, 2009 at 04:42 PM
    Ya pays ya money and ya takes ya chances...
  • by Butch Location: Nags Head on Nov 12, 2009 at 03:25 PM
    The first houses that rent are the oceanfront homes--and they are the ones that bring in the most rental tax--at rental tax at 12 3/4 per cent ---the people on the outer banks have very low taxes-and great schools because of these homes---most of the homes have no one using the school systems-- pray that they all make it ----or your taxes will go up--
  • by john Location: kitty hawk on Nov 12, 2009 at 05:15 AM
    i have been in dare county almost all my life and the houses they let go up in the last 20 years on the east side of the beach road are mind boggling ridiculous. they are far from a beach house.the houses that go up now are stupid big energy draining yuppie McMansions with all the luxuries.whatever happened to the outer banks that was a real beach town.i hope mirlo beach washes away.the oceanfront ecology is way more valuable than the beach being a septic tank matter what there will always be we have excessive tourism with tons of trash flying around from blown over trash cans and crappy traffic.the banks can't withstand the ills of the type of developement they are doing there. it's all really pretty much completely spoiled. the smart ones save there money leave the nature alone and live in a small house. take only what you need because the ocean is superior and it should be the main focus of why your there,not to capitalize on prime beach front real estate
  • by wishing OBX well Location: Northeastern NC on Nov 11, 2009 at 07:47 PM
    Many of us who do not live on the beach work in industries that survive because of the beach and the businesses there. Do you complainer's know how much tourism OBX brings to this state? Do you think it would be the case if there were no houses or people living there to support the tourism, to rent out houses, and work in the business. Let's get real people. Maybe the insureance companies will make people living in Western NC start buying rock slide insurance. Every region has it's potential threats of some sort. Why are we throwing stones at each other? i hope everyone everywhere stays safe in this storm!!
  • by Tina Location: Gville on Nov 11, 2009 at 07:08 PM
    Unlike other's this inlander hopes that all those living on the coast and outerbanks end up fine and their houses fine. Be safe guy's and gal's :)
  • by homeowner KDH Location: Hampton VA on Nov 11, 2009 at 06:34 PM
    shocked is correct about the claims mostly being made inland. Most of our homes at the beach are designed to withstand three times the wind as inland homes. they are also almost all one story above ground to allow possible flooding to pass through without doing any damage to the home itself. My insurance went up and i asked my agent that very ques. about inlanders discount. but its OK OK . while you whine then drive to the beach, ill just wake up have coffee and stroll down one block and enjoy the beach which i pay a price worth the reward. The side of my house will be beach front one day !! and when the sea claims her i will look back (if I'm alive) and know it was worth all the money to have had that life. BESIDES YOUR JUST JELOUS :{ we at the beach know the sea- rules but she is as giving, much more than she has taken. Put your mouth where your ignorance is and buy a house on the island it will humble you. From a hammock swinging in KILL DEVIL HILLS we love you.
  • by Shocked Location: Kill Devil Hills on Nov 11, 2009 at 04:11 PM
    Oh I almost forgot. On the inland peoples insurance paying for it. We on the coast had a 30% increase in insurance price and inland got a 5% discount this year. Even though 85% of flooding and wind damage claims to insurance were filed 100 miles from the coast in North Carolina. Please do research before posting stupid remarks.
  • by Shocked Location: Kill Devil Hills on Nov 11, 2009 at 03:53 PM
    I really don't think I have ever seen such mean people as the people leaving these comments. These are peoples houses. All of you may want to step back and look at yourselves.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 11, 2009 at 03:36 PM
    And all of us who do not live on the beach will be paying for it with higher insurance rates. If we got to pay for it we should have rights to using it.
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