Oak Island prepares for sand dune repairs
OAK ISLAND, NC (WWAY) — Oak Island is one of the many towns still recovering from Hurricane Matthew.
While the community is still trying to find some normalcy, state officials are also working hard to get things back to the way they were. As the town moves forward, Mayor Cin Brochure is getting everyone on board.
“We’re just trying to pull every string we’ve got and to reach out to every organization we can find to help us rebuild and get back to normal,” Brochure said.
State officials are trying to speed up the process with an emergency general permit issued by Donald van der Vaart, the Secretary of the Department of Environmental Quality.
“It’s a tragedy. It’s very, very sad,” van der Vaart said. “But I think with the Governor’s help trying to get people back in their homes and getting businesses going again it’s going to make us all feel better. And that’s what we’re going to do.”
A major priority for Oak Island right now is the reconstruction of the sand dunes.
Director of Marine Fishing and Coastal Management Braxton Davis says dunes are the major part of protection for private property and public infrastructure.
As of right now there is no word on when the repairs will be finished, but officials say they are working as fast as they can to get back to normal.
So far, the Secretary van der Vaart has issued a total of 20 emergency permits to all coastal counties across the state.