Buyer of one of the now-famous beach houses that got swept away this week on North Carolina’s Outer Banks was a 57 year old male real estate agent.
For a variety of reasons, Americans continue to flock to disaster-prone areas of the country, despite growing risks of floods, fires and other catastrophes. And as sea levels rise, storms intensify and heat waves grow hotter, even places that once seemed relatively free of risk could face more serious threats to health and homes.
“I knew there was some risk living near the water, but I certainly didn’t think I’d lose the house within eight or nine months,” he said, adding, “I was aware that erosion was happening there. I was not aware of the rate that it was happening. … We really thought we were going to be able to move the house and save it.”“I Didn’t Realize How Vulnerable it Was” | Climate Denial Crock of the Week