Buxton Feeling Hurricane Joaquin
You know you live in a unique place when school is cancelled due to Tide on the Road.
My Daughter was pumped this am when we told her that school had been cancelled because of Ocean Over Wash on the only road we have, Hwy 12, created by Joaquin and another Coastal Low.
It was more of the same today.
Water every where but the wind was definitely stronger and more out of the north today.
Hopefully the worst is over and starts to die down.
Looking forward to calmer days and sunshine.
My storm chaser daugher, Kenzey, aka. Kenzilla is always up for shooting with me. Below is tide coming over North Buxton.
North Buxton rental homes. Just a couple of days ago we saw families playing on the beach together here. There was over wash, but there was also still beach.North Buxton- flooded well over Old Lighthouse Rd.
Keep in mind these houses stand well over 10 feet above ground on pilings. Surf has pushed tons of sand underneath the houses.Side roads between cottages under feet of sand and water in North Buxton Village.North Buxton Village Homes getting battered by tide, sand, and surf. The dunes have been completely pushed back under the houses.A view from North Buxton looking towards the Old Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Site.Perspective. This is a regulation sized goal along the street in North Buxton. Makenzey, who is about 4 foot 9 can nearly dunk on this goal.Buxton homeowners and locals, Brett Schulz, Freddy James, and McCoy come to check out the damage. The house behind them has a two car carport space under the house, which usually has about 10 feet of clearance. Not today.Kenzey and McCoy get a surprise hit from a wave. (They were completely safe, well from the surf… this is whitewash coming down the road.)A view from Cottage Avenue. I posted a similar photo yesterday, to give perspective. House 5th on the left was mine and Kate’s first house on the Island. Used to have a huge dune to protect the houses. It has completely washed away.All kinds of things turn up in the water. McCoy grabbed onto this boogie board and it took off.Patrick & Dan, Buxton Locals, stand underneath a house to keep try. Notice how close the house is to the ground… typically you can fit a car between the ground and the house.School was cancelled today on Hatteras. Good thing. Wouldn’t trust the road for buses to go through. This is our only way into the village, Hwy 12. This photo was taken about the time our kids would have been getting out of school today.
Walkway in the background used to stand between a house and dune. Now it’s in the ocean… no dune.Homeowners, Motel Owners, all are trying to save their property. Beach nourishment, as has been given to Nags Head, Kitty Hawk, and other coastal cities in North Carolina has been promised, but it might be too little too late. Currently promised for 2016, promises themselves aren’t going to help North Buxton. While residents await action from government, sand bags provide some reprieve from the onslaught.
Cottage Avenue. Our first street when we got married. This house has been strong and stuck through some incredible tide. Don’t know how much longer these houses can take a beating. The community desperately needs the promised government help sooner rather than later.