NORTH TOPSAIL BEACH, NC (WWAY) — On Topsail Island high tides are bringing a new meaning to beach front property, and they could soon cost some property owners their home.
Beach erosion is common in many coastal communities. However, in North Topsail Beach the erosion has become so severe it is threatening to wash an entire neighborhood into the Atlantic Ocean.
“At the north end is the neighborhood of the inlet, so we’ve had some accelerated erosion that is inlet related,” North Topsail Beach Mayor Dan Tuman said. “We had some high, high tides earlier this week. Water did come up and go under some houses and spilled out on the street.”
The accelerated erosion has the sea knocking on the doorstep of many of the homes.
Robert and Kim Blok say this destruction has been hard to watch.
“It’s sad,” Kim said. “The first time we were here was a couple of months ago, and we walked right through here, and it wasn’t nearly as bad as it is now so it’s just a sad situation.”
Watching the foundations of the homes at the north end crumble has given the Bloks a new respect for Mother Nature.
“It’s the nature of the beast,” Kim said. “You know when you build that you can’t change nature, because the ocean is going to do what it’s going to do. When you live here you know that that’s the risk you take.”
Help is on the way in the form of dredging and a beach renourishment project performed by the Town of North Topsail Beach, however it could be too late with Hurricane Sandy fast approaching. Mayor Tuman says the renourishment project will start in mid-November.