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Ocean Isle erosion problem worsens

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OASK ISLAND -- October high tides took their toll on Ocean Isle Beach and Hurricane Noel just off the coast didn't help either. The road actually detours in one area of Ocean Isle because the road that was there fell off into the ocean. Many people say they wonder if their property will even be there in the near future. Ocean Isle Mayor Debbie Smith said, "It's certainly no worse than it has been in the past and we're hoping that it will mitigate itself and start turning around and making a positive accretion instead of keep washing away." The mayor did recommend residents take a proactive role and start sand bagging their property. Ocean Isle has a serious erosion problem at both ends of the island where many homes are on the verge of being washed away. The town's mayor says protecting the town's infrastructure, like the sewer system and water lines is at the top of their priority list. Protecting private property is out of their reach. Mayor Smith says beach erosion is something they deal with year round, and all the town can do now is hope for the best. Sandbags have already been put around people's homes. That's really just a temporary fix, and there's not really a permanent one. Now residents are getting ready for the high tide Thanksgiving weekend.

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