In North Carolina (United States), two houses located on the Outer Banks coast were washed away by the sea on Tuesday, May 10. They have been victims of high water levels and beach erosion. Other homes could suffer the same fate in the coming days, reports CNN.
At the time of the events, the two houses on stilts were unoccupied. Last February, another residence located in Rodanthe had already been swept away by the waves. In a statement, the director of national parks in eastern North Carolina said preventative measures have been recommended to limit risk, such as closing the beach.
A worrying rise in sea level
In the Northeast, tidal flooding has increased significantly in recent times. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, specialists estimate between seven and fifteen the number of days of flooding expected by 2030. A figure that could climb to 75 per year by 2050.
NASA indicates that the sea level has risen about 10 cm since the beginning of the 1980s in this part of North Carolina. Each year, coastal erosion costs the authorities nearly half a billion dollars. According to the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, the houses washed away by the sea on Tuesday had been the subject of a report several months ago by the local planning department.