The keepers’ houses at two of North Carolina’s most famous lighthouses are threatened by erosion

The keepers’ dwellings at Bodie Island Lighthouse and Ocracoke Lighthouse, two iconic tourist attractions on North Carolina’s Outer Banks, are being severely threatened by beach erosion. Flooding could soon damage the historic structures, Cape Hatteras park superintendent David Hallac has told the Charlotte Observer. And flood waters could soon surround the lighthouses themselves, according to Hallac.

Bodie Island Light Station in an undated view. National Archives image 26-LG-71-63.

Hallac believes the keepers’ houses should be raised onto higher foundations, but that would probably be no more than a temporary solution. According to a National Park Service study that was released in May, the ocean is expected to rise as much as 2.5 feet along the Outer Banks in the next 80 years.

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