Wrightsville Beach renourishment project underway
WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is working on a beach renourishment project to minimize flooding risk for homes and businesses at Wrightsville Beach during high impact weather events like hurricanes.
Sand from the south end of Wrightsville Beach and Masonboro Inlet is being pumped in to replace what has been lost by beach erosion over the last four years.
Project manager Jim Medlock says that Hurricane Matthew caused a good bit of that erosion here back in 2016.
The federal government, state of North Carolina, and New Hanover County are all contributing funds to get this $9.5 million project done.
“The reason this project is here is back in the ’50s, there were a number of very serious and damaging hurricanes including Hurricane Hazel in 1954 that not only seriously damaged Wrightsville Beach but also Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, and beaches in Brunswick County, too,” Medlock said.
The Corps asks you to not cross the orange fencing and interact with crews or any of the equipment for your safety.
The project is expected to be completed by the end of next month.