Topsail Beach gets $2.5M reimbursement for Dorian-related damage

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Sand dunes line on Topsail Island in January 2019 (Photo: Monique Robinson)

PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The State of North Carolina and FEMA have approved more than $2.5 million to reimburse the Town of Topsail Beach for costs following Hurricane Dorian.

Funds for this project cover the replacement of more than 312,000 cubic yards of beach sand following a damaging storm surge caused by Hurricane Dorian.

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FEMA’s Public Assistance program provides grants for state and local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations to reimburse the cost of debris removal, emergency protective measures and permanent repair work.

Public Assistance is a cost-sharing program. FEMA reimburses applicants at least 75 percent of eligible costs and the remaining 25 percent is covered by the state. The federal share is paid directly to the state to disburse to agencies, local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations that incurred costs.

FEMA’s total share for this project is more than $1.9 million and the state’s share is more than $640,000.