Gregory Street, which is one of the major streets in Harper, Maryland County, is seriously under threat of being swallowed by violent waves from the Atlantic Ocean.
Some of the houses are vulnerable to the sea as coconut trees that once beautified the beach have already been swept away by the encroaching ocean.
Areas from Lake Sheppard toward the Port of Harper are also under threat, while the Fanti Town community and a stretch of road used by logging trailers are becoming inaccessible.
Meanwhile, the city authority of Harper blames the threat of erosion on persistent sand mining by local residents.
According to a well placed source in the Harper City authority, sand mining is the chief source of the threat from the sea. He, however, said they are putting mechanisms in place to curtail the practice.
When the Daily Observer reporter visited the beach around the lake, trucks and tractors were seen loaded with sand mined from the affected areas.
“The pile of sand between the lake and sea (the bar) is one of the areas sand is mined in the city,” a resident said.