North Topsail Manager: Sandy's Erosion Could Have Been A Lot Worse

North topsail beach typically gets a lot of damage after a hurricane, but this time around many say they feel fortunate. Residents were worried Hurricane Sandy would rip tons of sand off their beaches.
While some areas, mostly south, did have a couple of feet of erosion, folks say it could have been a lot worse.

"Erosion wise it was very mild. We get noreasters every once in a while and it compares to a noreaster here," said Town Manager Carin Faulkner.

Faulker says the beach accesses also looked good. Although a couple were damaged, they will only cost a few hundred dollars to fix.

Emergency management teams have completed their initial assessments after Hurricane Sandy skirted the Eastern North Carolina coastline.

"An unusual late season storm, Hurricane Sandy is a reminder that we can never let our guard down," said Emergency Services director, Norman Bryson.

The most notable damage in Onslow County was suffered along North Topsail Island. That is where surveyors saw considerable erosion, mostly contained to the north end of the island. Crew said there was storm surge along the coast, and that water ran underneath the structures. Officials said that water did not appear to seep into any of the homes themselves.

"There is some sand removal that will need to be done at several of the county owned beach accesses," said Bryson. He also noted sand will need to be replaced at some spots.

Other reports from Jacksonville, to Holly Ridge, and into Richlands showed no signs of weather-related damage.

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