Public invited to help Cape Hatteras National Seashore employees clean up beach debris in Rodanthe

By on May 28, 2024

Cape Hatteras National Seashore employees collect debris from the beach near the house collapse site. (Credit: Cape Hatteras National Seashore)
Cape Hatteras National Seashore employees unload debris into a staging area. (Credit: Cape Hatteras National Seashore)
Photo of debris associated with house collapse at 24131 Ocean Dr., Rodanthe. (Credit: Cape Hatteras National Seashore)
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The volunteer beach cleanup event is scheduled to start at 8 a.m. Wednesday, May 29.

On Wednesday, May 29, the public is invited to help Cape Hatteras National Seashore (Seashore) employees clean up some of the debris associated with today’s unoccupied house collapse at 24131 Ocean Drive in Rodanthe. A contractor hired by the property owner is also contributing to the cleanup efforts.

Volunteer Beach Cleanup Details

Date: Wednesday, May 29

Time: 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Location: Rodanthe Pier, 24251 Atlantic Dr., Rodanthe, N.C. 27968

Supplies will be provided for this organized effort to help Seashore employees clean up small debris. 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.

Beach Cleanup Updates ‚Äď May 28, 2024

49 Seashore employees participated in a large-scale cleanup effort today with assistance from Chicamacomico Banks Fire and Rescue and a contractor hired by the property owner. Seashore employees filled 31 pickup trucks with collapsed house debris and unloaded the debris at a nearby parking lot. The debris collected by Seashore employees and volunteers will be permanently disposed of in the coming days.

Varying amounts of beach debris extend from just south of the house collapse site to more than two miles to the north, within Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge. Seashore employees will return to the area tomorrow to complement the volunteer beach cleanup efforts.

Beach debris cleanup photos are available on the Seashore’s Flickr page.



Barnhill Building Group has been selected as the Construction Manager @ Risk by the College of the Albemarle and is seeking to pre-qualify construction trade contractors to submit bids for the furnishing labor, materials, equipment, and tools for the new College of The Albemarle – Allied Health Sciences Simulation Lab (COA Health Sciences) located in Elizabeth City, NC. Please note: Only subcontractors who have been prequalified by Barnhill will be able to submit a Bid.

The project consists of the new construction of a 38,000-sf, 2-story expansion to the existing Owens Health Sciences Center and will house classrooms, labs, and a simulation lab. The site is just over just over 4.5 acres and is located on an active campus. This new construction will be a steel structure with a brick and metal panel veneer, curtainwall, and storefront glazing with a PVC roof membrane.

Principal trade and specialty contractors are solicited for the following Bid Packages:

BP0100: General Trades

BP0105: Final Cleaning

BP0390: Turnkey Concrete

BP0400: Turnkey Masonry

BP0500: Structural Steel & Misc. Steel

BP0740: RooÔ¨Āng

BP0750: Metal Panels

BP0790: Caulking / Caulking

BP0800: Turnkey Doors/Frames/Hardware

BP0840: Glass & Glazing

BP0925: Drywall

BP0960: Resilient Flooring

BP0980: Acoustical Ceilings

BP0990: Painting & Wallcovering

BP1005: Toilet Specialties / Accessories / Division 10

BP1010: Signage

BP1098: Demountable Partitions

BP1230: Finish Carpentry and Casework

BP1250: Window Treatment

BP1400: Elevators

BP2100: Fire Protection

BP2200: Plumbing

BP2300: HVAC

BP2600: Turnkey Electrical

BP3100: Turnkey Sitework

BP3290: Landscaping

Packages may be added and/or deleted at the discretion of the Construction Manager. Historically underutilized business firms are encouraged to complete participation submittals.

HUB/MWBE OUTREACH MEETING: Barnhill Building Group will be conducting a HUB/MWBE Informational Session. You are encouraged to attend the following session to learn more about project participation opportunities available to you. These seminars will help to: Learn about project and scope; Inform and train Minority/HUB contractors in preparation for bidding this project; Assist in registration on the State of North Carolina Vendor link; Stimulate opportunities for Networking with other firms. Location and time TBD. Please visit our planroom at for more information.

Interested contractors should submit their completed prequalification submittals, by July 22, 2024, to Meredith Terrell at or hardcopies can be mailed to Barnhill Contracting Company PO Box 31765 Raleigh, NC 27622 (4325 Pleasant Valley Road, NC 27612).



  • Escrow

    If an owner decides to wait for mother nature to demolish their condemned ocean front home in an effort to receive an insurance payment, it seems reasonable that they be required to setup an escrow to cover the costs of clean up. It shouldn’t be the responsibility of the Park Service (tax payer) and community to clean up.

    Tuesday, May 28 @ 5:54 pm
  • bev

    Why are they asking for volunteers? Will the owners share the insurance payout? have the owners shared previous rental income with residents? i am betting the answer is NO to both of these questions. IMO, the owners are responsible for clean up. PERIOD.
    However, i am looking for volunteers to clean up my yard, lay a sprinkler system, and lay sod. It

    Wednesday, May 29 @ 9:50 am
  • mike

    why isn’t that nice. They let the home fall in then want free help from the public

    Thursday, May 30 @ 2:17 pm