Epic rainfall since September has left the area around Cape Point, one of the most beautiful fishing and camping spots in the Cape Hatteras National Seashore in North Carolina, inundated with water and inaccessible to all but determined pedestrians, CoastalReview.org reported.
“It’s totally unacceptable that a national campground has sat under water for six months,” said Bob Eakes, owner of nearby Red Drum Tackle Shop. “They took what was a natural habitat of cedars and live oak and turned it into a bog.”
According to data from the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, rainfall at Cape Hatteras from September through February usually averages about 22 inches. But in the last six months, 36.61 inches had fallen, making that period the wettest six months since 1934.
But storm-flooded roads and access ramps — whether from rain, tide or overwash — have been blights at the popular off-road vehicle recreational area since 2004, when a gated ditch was sandbagged and stormwater management ceased.
Finally, the U.S. National Park Service Outer Banks Group has proposed a plan to solve the persistent drainage problem at Cape Point, a dynamic corner of beach and wetlands bordered by the Atlantic Ocean and Buxton Woods maritime forest.
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