Hurricane Sandy Leaves Her Footprint on Cape Charles
A&N Electric lineman prepares to remove exposed utility lines behind Sea Breeze Apartments Tuesday after Hurricane Sandy washed out the foundation. The Town of Cape Charles has condemned the building, and residents have been evacuated. (Wave photo)
Mayor Dora Sullivan surveyed damage to the condemned unit of Sea Breeze Apartments.
Photos by CAPE CHARLES WAVE
October 30, 2012
“Can New Breakwaters Save Sea Breeze Apartments?” read a Wave headline on August 28.
Exactly two months later, Hurricane Sandy answered the question with an emphatic NO.
The only question remaining is how much worse the damage might have been without the new breakwaters.
Next door to Sea Breeze on Washington Avenue, the Historic District’s newest home (c. 2011) boasts on homeaway.com that it’s only 150 feet from the beach.
As of yesterday, that is an understatement.
Storm surge breached the breakwater behind Sea Breeze Apartments, washing out the foundation.
With condemnation of Sea Breeze unit, this house built in 2011 on a $400,000 lot is now the closest home to the beach in Cape Charles — about 10 feet closer than last week.
Palm trees outside the Palace Theatre tell which way the wind was blowing.
Hurricane Sandy ignored the rule at Cape Charles beach.
North end of Cape Charles Beach moved onto Bay Avenue.