DARE COUNTY, N.C. — The Village of Buxton on Hatteras Island near Cape Hatteras is being threatened by natural erosion, according to WNCT-TV.
Natural erosion is threatening homes, businesses and roads in the beach village and some residents say they are watching their beach disappear right before their eyes.
“They built the beach out to 600 feet and it’s all gone,” said Carol Leigh Dillon.
Erosion is the wearing away of land and the removal of beach or dune sediments by waves, tidal currents, drainage or high winds.
The erosion on Hatteras Island is due to natural causes and artificial dunes, according to the National Park Service.
When the artificial dunes were built in the 1930s, it stopped the barrier islands natural westward progression, according to Park Service officials.
The island reportedly started to erode from both sides and it is causing the island to narrow.
“We’re sitting on a disaster waiting to happen and nothing has been done to prevent it,” Dillon said.
She said in the 1950s, there was hundreds of feet of beach, but now the beach backs up to her family’s hotel.
Read more and view photos of the “disappearing beach”: WNCT-TV