RODANTHE, Dare County — Beachgoers in parts of the Outer Banks are being cautioned to wear hard-soled shoes on the beaches between Rodanthe and Salvo as Cape Hatteras National Seashore crews continue to clean up after two home collapses on May 10.
They said the potential for injury from both sand-covered and fully exposed home debris exists and added that sharp debris may also be found in areas south of Salvo.
While much of the large debris has been removed by a variety of beach cleanup efforts, officials said miles of small pieces of debris remain on and under the surface of the beach. That includes wood with exposed nails, splintered wooden fragments and other debris that could be harmful to those going barefoot or in flip flops or water shoes.
In addition, seashore officials said erosion at the Buxton Beach Access has exposed PVC pipes and other previously underground items associated with decommissioned military facilities in the area that were not removed. The Seashore is in the process of cutting the pipes and removing as much of the exposed debris as possible.