Strong Winds And Surf Conditions Erode Area Beaches Over Weekend

Strong Winds And Surf Conditions Erode Area Beaches Over Weekend

Strong Winds And Surf Conditions Erode Area Beaches Over Weekend Featured

By / Local News / Tuesday, 19 November 2019 20:04

By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
Managing Editor

CAROLINA BEACH - New Hanover County beaches experienced erosion over the weekend, November 15th to the 17th, due to a weather system that brought rain, wind gusts in excess of 45 mph and coastal flooding in many low lying areas.

Carolina Beach and Kure Beach experienced noticeable erosion along the beach front.

Both Towns received an infusion of sand in early 2019.

A project began earlier this year to pump sand on the beach front in Carolina Beach and Kure Beach. Crews working for Weeks Marine, Incorporated completed the $21-million project by April 29th.

The project was required to be completed by April 28th, prior to the April 30th deadline to avoid interfering with the federal protected sea turtle nesting season.

Hurricane Florence eroded the beach front in both Towns. In many areas dunes suffered heavy erosion leaving twelve to fifteen foot high escarpments or cliffs. The project was already scheduled for the Spring of 2019. Following Florence, additional funding was provided to address the increased erosion.

The USACE Wilmington District announced that the periodic nourishment contract was awarded on Nov. 30, 2018, at a cost of approximately $17.4-million to Weeks Marine, Incorporated. That amount later increased to $21 million dollars due to increased funding following Hurricane Florence.

Earlier this year Project Manager Jim Medlock explained, "The Corps was fortunate to receive additional emergency funding to cover these repairs at 100 percent federal cost," and, "This allows us to place more sand on the shoreline while reducing the amount of non-Federal funding required to accomplish the overall contract scope."

Following that project, Hurricane Dorian visited the Cape Fear Region and brought additional beach erosion.

Kure Beach Building Inspector John Batson explained on Tuesday November 19th, "I rode the beach a far as possible this morning, only getting to the 300 building of Ocean Dunes. I took pictures at intervals looking North and South and delivered them to Layton Bedsole, and Jim Medlock (Army Corps.) Friday morning we will be meeting with the Army Corps as is Carolina Beach and Wrightsville Beach. Since the County does surveys biannually, I do not estimate loss anymore."

Carolina Beach Interim Town Manager Ed Parvin explained Tuesday, "We sent an assessment to Army Corp of Engineers (ACOE) and We will be meeting with ACOE on Friday."

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