Thursday's storm caused extensive damage on Topsail Island. Residents of Topsail did not see it coming. “Nobody told us it was going to be this bad. I don't think they knew it was going to be this bad,” said Surf City resident Gary Stalker. Lou Bader, who witnessed the storm said, “This is probably some of the worst damage I've seen along the beach front.” In Surf City, Thursday's nor’easter damaged nearly all the public access points along the beach. Fence pilings and other debris were strewn about on Friday. Town Mayor Zander Guy said the damage was extensive, but nothing out of the ordinary. “This is just like living in California where they have to deal with the forest fires and the mud slides. This is something we have to deal with on an annual basis,” Guy said. The good news is no homes were damaged, but some sand dunes had as much as six feet of erosion. Each storm that passes through takes another bite out of the sand dunes, which means they will need to be restored in order to continue to protect the homes on the other side. “Well that's a terrible thing to see, but how are we going to stop it? Build a big concrete wall out here so we don't have to see the ocean any longer,” asked Stalker. While erosion is inevitable the town is fighting it as best it can. Mayor Guy says a substantial portion of the tax base goes into beach re-nourishment. If the damage from this storm is bad enough, the entire island may get some money from the state to help with repairs. Mayor Guy said Tropical Storm Hanna actually added sand to the dunes A0nd that nor’easters tend to cause more damage because of the wind direction. He also added that the island should know the extent of the damage and if it is eligible for state money by early next week.
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