The public is invited to help Cape Hatteras National Seashore (Seashore) staff clean up some of the collapsed house debris at six drop-in volunteer events that will be held this weekend.
The event schedule starting on Friday, May 13, is as follows:
- Friday, May 13 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. and 2-4 p.m.
- Saturday, May 14 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. and 2-4 p.m.
- Sunday, May 15 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. and 2-4 p.m.
Supplies will be provided by the National Park Service for these organized efforts to help clean up debris associated with this past week’s house collapses. Much of the wood pieces that have washed up on the beach have exposed nails, so all volunteers are encouraged to wear thick soled footwear. Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
Individuals who plan to clean the beach either before or after these four events should place garbage bags and debris well above the high tide line to ensure the items don’t get washed back into the ocean.
In addition to these volunteer cleanup efforts, a contractor hired by the owners of the collapsed houses is actively cleaning up debris near the sites of the fallen houses and along miles of beach. The National Seashore is also bringing in a National Park Service cleanup team through its regional office.
Additional volunteer events will be announced in the coming days.
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