North Topsail Beach likely won’t reopen until at least Wednesday


NORTH TOPSAIL BEACH, NC (NEWS RELEASE) — At 7:30 AM, Saturday, September 15th, emergency personnel and town staff attempted to do initial damage assessments for the Town of North Topsail Beach. The first pass was difficult. At the 200 block of New River Inlet Road, staff determined the road was impassable due to flooding.

Town staff turned around and tried to traverse the southern end of town. Staff passed Hampton Colony, but due to debris, they returned to town hall to regroup. For those who are not familiar with the area, this is approximately a two‐mile radius from town hall.
Town Administration dispatched a dozer to clear the southern end of the island. After this effort, town officials were able to travel to the North Topsail Beach and Surf City town lines.

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From what was observed from the main throughway, most homes were intact. Some shingles, siding, decks, crossovers and other nonstructural damages were observed. Unfortunately, some mobile homes appeared to have sustained more damage and possible structural damage.

This afternoon, town staff travelled through the northern end of the island. As for the homes,
much of the same holds true. However, there is more flooding and road conditions are not safe.

In addition to water, there is an incredible amount of sand on the roadways hindering travel.
Therefore, at this time, town administration and emergency services have determined that the roads are not safe for travel for the general population. Flooding, downed utility lines and debris create road hazards that are too dangerous. Police remain in place to keep nonessential personnel off the island. North Topsail Beach classified the following groups as essential:

  • Emergency Services
  • Utility Workers
  • Town Personnel, which has been determined internally

We do not anticipate allowing residents to return this weekend. At this time, our earliest estimate is Wednesday, the 19th. But we will extend or lessen this deadline as deemed appropriate. The sole basis for this decision is safety. In the meantime, cleanup crews will work to clear roads, and utility teams will work to restore services.

Communication is an ongoing issue. Town officials will communicate as much as possible. Even though communication has been difficult, this does not mean town staff and elected officials have not been working to resolve the myriad of issues presented by this storm.

Thank you for your cooperation and patience during this difficult time.