Park service evaluating whether to move Ocracoke Lighthouse

Ocracoke Island, located entirely within Hyde County, North Carolina. (Photo: NC National Guard)

OCRACOKE, NC (AP) — The National Park Service has begun a project to evaluate how to repair and whether to relocate the historic lighthouse on North Carolina’s Ocracoke Island.

The bright white structure is the second-oldest lighthouse in the nation still operating and has been damaged several times in recent years by hurricanes.

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Water levels on the remote island are also rising, threatening to inundate the site, which sits on property just 2 feet above sea level.

The Virginian-Pilot reports the Park Service is now seeking comment on a range of options, including whether to repair the structure as is, elevate and repair it, or relocate it.