If you haven't read the beginning of this story, you may want to go back to The Story of the Little Beach House That Could to get caught up.
So, Hurricane Isabel roared in with a significant storm surge and just pounded the coast for hours upon hours. There was enough damage that even the Washington Post did a 10 year anniversary story about it.
The story mentioned the NC damage, "Hurricane Isabel slammed into the Outer Banks of North Carolina as a Category 2 hurricane. Isabel produced extensive damage across eastern North Carolina. The loss was in excess of $450 million.
The damage was heaviest along the coastline where the storm surge and strong winds damaged thousands of houses. During the storm, Hatteras Island in North Carolina was breached, creating an inlet that was later named, Isabel Inlet."
That surge relentlessly pounded our oceanfront cottage, too, and we are firmly convinced had we not secured the house to the pilings just a few months prior, it would have suffered the same fate as dozens of other oceanfront homes, which were pushed off their pilings and destroyed.
As it was, a piling (probably from the heavily damaged Kitty Hawk Pier) slammed into the house and tore off the deck as well as the back steps. The newly constructed utility room was so full of sand, we had to cut into the room. The washer and dryer were ruined and the ocean dumped several feet of sand under the house.
Inside, though, there was no damage whatsoever. The roof had not even leaked. We couldn't believe she was still standing, much less in as good a shape as she was. Considering the widespread devastation all around us, we were just stunned.
Of course, the renters who had been in the house when the storm neared were ordered to evacuate and we had to close for the rest of the rental season.
The storm, though, provided the opportunity and time to start the major renovations we had been wanting to do, so we took the next few months off and lived there while we worked on the house.
I won't go into the details of what it was like living in a small beach cottage, oceanfront, with no insulation and no heat, in the dead of winter. Let's just say it prepared me well for a subsequent trip many years later to the Ice Hotel.
Continue to Part 3 for the end...yes, I promise, this does end. And it relates to real estate, too.
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