And dozens of oceanfront buildings are now at risk. IIn Topsail Beach, which is just north of Wilmington, about seventy structures are listed as imminently threatened. That means escarpment or dune lines are within twenty feet of the building's foundation. The town's mayor, Butch Parrish, says he'll request emergency permits for bulldozers so a stronger dune line can be built in front of the threatened structures. Parrish says it's only a Band-Aid solution -- but the town needs to do something quick for the short-term. The storm also has affected Wrightsville Beach, where a deep ridge was carved at high tide yesterday. Carolina Beach officials closed Freeman Park because of potential flooding.
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