Carolina Environmental Diversity Explorations
The Buxton overwash zone is located where the orientation of the island bends to form Cape Hatteras. The Buxton overwash zone has been the site of rapid shoreline retreat, frequent overwash, and the formation of inlets such as the Cape Inlet, Chacandepeco Inlet, and Buxton Inlet.
The Buxton Inlet was the most recent, formed during the Ash Wednesday Storm of 1962 and subsequently filled with sand pumped from the flood-tide delta. Though the road was rebuilt following the storm, the shoreline continued to retreat at a rate of ten to twenty feet each year. Following a series of storms in the late 1960s and early 1970s, a half-mile portion of the road was relocated to its present location, an effort coupled with a $4.3-million beach replenishment project. Despite the efforts to stem the retreat of the shoreline, this area will continue to be plagued by overwash and inlet formation.