Cleanup of collapsed Outer Banks home today, volunteers asked to help

RODANTHE, N.C. (WITN) – After a house fell into the ocean along the Outer Banks early Tuesday morning, volunteers are being asked to come out Wednesday to help in the cleanup.

The unoccupied home on Ocean Drive along the Cape Hatteras National Seashore collapsed early Tuesday morning around 2:30 a.m.

Park Superintendent Dave Hallac says this is the sixth house to collapse in the past four years. Now, debris is scattered along the shoreline.

Seashore employees and a contractor hired by the property owner removed 31 pickup truckloads of debris Tuesday.

The cleanup is managed by the contractor hired by the property owner and the Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

Those who want to help should be at the Rondathe Pier between 8 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

People should wear thick-soled shoes as much of the wood that was washed up has exposed nails, according to the National Seashore.

The debris extends from just south of the house to more than two miles to the north.

The section of the beach from Sea Haven Drive to South Shore Drive is closed because of debris.