Ida Claims Coastal Home, Threatens Others

The remnants of Ida are causing severe damage along the North Carolina coastline.

Higher than normal tides have washed away much of the beach along Nags Head. A house was claimed by the ocean Thursday, as high waves knocked down it's pilings and sent it crashing into the ocean.

Other homes are also teetering on their pilings, only needing a little push before they too fall victim to the ocean waves.


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  • by HI resident Location: NC on Nov 17, 2009 at 11:01 AM
    I don't understand how people can say you get what you deserve!! By parents old cottage in Nags Head on mile post 20, used to be about 6 cottages away from the ocean with huge sand dunes in front with a pretty wide beach. The last I checked it was about 3 cottages from the ocean with no sand dunes to really speak of and there is no way you can walk on the beach during high tide. So how did he or anyone who bought there back in the 70's get what they deserved? Also, one gentleman my husband worked for said the county leased him sandbags to help the property around his house. Now that the lease is up he has to pay to have them removed. And he can not put more down. Now how is that fair? Also, why can other beaches build their beach back but we can not? Many places have sea walls; many have companies come and dredge to rebuild the beaches but yet they are not critized. I don't get it!!! Some say we shouldn't live here but who will take care of you when you come to visit?
  • by native Location: buxton on Nov 14, 2009 at 10:40 AM
    i'm a lifelong resident of hatteras island and i 100% agree with jeff.
  • by Jeff Location: Gloucester on Nov 14, 2009 at 07:11 AM
    Homes were not meant to be built on the dunes of ANY coastal area...those who do run the risk of losing their homes to the sea and that is the chance they have to take...our tax dollars should not be spent on beach replenishment when it simply gets washed back into the ocean over & over...it is a waste of millions of dollars for no reason what so ever...you will never ever be able to stop it...and as far as homes in any beach area...it has never stopped people from going to beach each and every day...the commerce is not going to stop just because a bunch of homes get washed into the ocean after a big storm...these people have to get it through their heads...why tempt fate...? If you build on the beach front sooner or later your home is going to get destroyed and the tax payer nor the insurance company should pay out for someone who is foolish enough to build on a dune.
  • by phillip Location: Chesapeake on Nov 14, 2009 at 05:13 AM
    I For One Love Nags Head, It's A Shame That It's Slowly Being Washed Away By The Sea, What The Town Need's Is Fund's To Hire A Replenishment Contractor, Save The Beach Replenishment Fund, Tax The Wealthy Of Nag's Head, If They Love The Beach As Much As I Do They Might Put Out.
  • by HSH Location: Currituck on Nov 13, 2009 at 04:43 PM
    It's a barrier island. That means it shifts and washes away and moves naturally during storms - that is what it is supposed to do. What washes away on the ocean side is often deposited on the sound side. I am very sorry for the ocean-owning folks but it is a natural phenomenon. In 150 years it will have shifted back, perhaps. There is no stopping the ocean.
  • by Jenn on Nov 13, 2009 at 03:31 PM
    Audra many of the houses in Nags Head have been there for 50 years or more and have been passed down from generation to generation. South Nags Head probably had more houses with a full lot that ran ocean to road than most other sections. The erosion has become significant in the past 10 years from various hurricanes long after many of the houses were built.Those so called greedy house owners you refer to had there taxes quadrupled during the last tax assessment. So I would say house owners have contributed their fair share.If the beach is not repaired it's all down hill literally to the center of town which is at a lower elevation.Are you suggesting shutting the town of nags head so tax dollars won't be spent on beach nourishment?
  • by Tom Location: Virginia on Nov 13, 2009 at 12:13 PM
    Audra! Of course they know. If you have ever seen a plat map, those ocean front houses were 3 or 4 lots back at one time. It's the price they know they may have to pay. You on the other hand the other idiots who think that they "have it comming". Some of those homes have been in the same family for a generation or more. Keep your arrogant SoCal opinion to yourself and let us worry about our side of the country.
  • by Concerned Location: Greeville, NC on Nov 13, 2009 at 12:06 PM
    If you choose to live in high risk areas, you have to pay the price.
  • by Audra Location: SoCal on Nov 13, 2009 at 11:47 AM
    They didn't know..? Did they have eyes & a brain? I don't care how old anyone says these houses are, it isn't rocket science. All you have to do is look around. I used to live in the SF Bay area & see this happen every yr during the heavier rains ("er" cause it just about rains all the time there). The people owning any homes that are in those locations now are also not old enough to claim any excuses about not knowing this would happen, unless they just had their 150th birthday or something. They made a choice to buy because they thought their pretty view was so important that they would take the risk. It's arrogance really, believing "it won't happen to me". There are risks anywhere you go but taking the time to review surroundings will tell you how MUCH of one there is. Consider fire hazzard, flood risk, etc... that's just wise decision-making.
  • by Jackson Location: Deep Run on Nov 13, 2009 at 11:07 AM
    We need a national home insurance plan some of these people cannot afford the premiums and just go without insurance. We really need to get the government involved in this travesty. Many cannot afford 2 Ferraris let alone one. This is a travesty.
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