Outer Banks Cleansup after Nor’easter

Cleaning up the Beach Road in Kitty Hawk.

The backhoes and road graders were out in force this morning cleaning up after the three day nor’easter that hammered us. The north end of Kitty Hawk always seems to experience some of the worst of it whenever the seas get churned up, and with waves in the surf zone at 11-16′, winds from the NE at 25-30 with stronger gusts, there was a fair amount of over wash on the beach road.

Not much damage, though, as far as we could tell. We did notice that the dune line in front of Ocean Boulevard where owner Donny King has been stabilizing the sand with Christmas Trees held up remarkably well.

South of us, Hatteras Island got really hammered. NC12 had to be closed for a couple of days as the ocean washed over the roadbed at the temporary bridge at New Inlet and topped the dune line at the S Curves.

The north end of Buxton really took a beating. The beach there has been retreating for a number of years, and this storm seemed to bring home how important it is that action be taken.

Dare County has plans to nourish the beach in that area. However, the beach itself is owned by the National Park Service and there is an additional level of legal complications in nourishing that beach because of circumstance.