North Topsail Beach leaders prepare for potential erosion

NORTH TOPSAIL, NC (WWAY) — North Topsail Beach town leaders said they have a number of projects happening for hurricane protection and beach re-nourishment. But those projects are on hold until the potential storm moves through this weekend.

North Topsail’s erosion problems aren’t hard to see on the north end. It’s so bad, a beach parking lot seems to be literally falling into the sea. But Stuart Turille, town manager, said they are using sand bags to ease erosion and they are working on repairing dunes. Flooding is also an issue near homes and road ways.

Turille said they had some erosion after last week’s high tides, so it’s even more important they get ready.

“We are trying to learn from that and be prepared we are doing whatever we can to shore up the shoreline with either sand or sand bags,” said Turille. “We are watching the hurricane as its approaching.”

The council was supposed to hear public comments Thursday night specifically about the sand bags on the north end. Turille said the town has an agreement with property owners to split the cost of the sand bags and they were going to discuss how much that was going to cost. That discussion was pushed back to October 19 because of the storm threat.

Also Governor McCory declared a State of Emergency for all the counties in the state. North Topsail also declared a State of Emergency.

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