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"Hurricane Florence was no match for the volunteers from the Historical Society of Topsail Island."
As of Monday afternoon, a town spokesman said only property owners, NC state licensed general contractors and insurance adjusters with a pass are allowed on the island.
The three towns on Topsail Island, Topsail Beach, Surf City and North Topsail Beach, will reopen Thursday to anyone with a re-entry pass or decal.
As floodwater continues to rise in the wake of Hurricane Florence, many areas are inaccessible. That makes getting a true gauge of Florence's impact difficult.
Richard Barnett spent his week boarding up the windows of million-dollar homes perched precariously at the northern tip of Topsail Island, a narrow spit of North Carolina ringed with sandbags to offer some armor against the pounding surf.
Traffic is backed up in Surf City after a problem has closed the swingbridge between the mainland and Topsail Island.
The Missiles and More Museum on Topsail Island reopened on May 22 after the Assembly Building, which is where the museum is housed, underwent $150,000 worth of repairs.
After The Belle of Topsail announced it is retiring in April, The Raven is now for sale.
On a Google map, Lea Island shows no roads, no cities and no landmarks of any kind except this description in red: “Remote habitat with shells and birds.”