Crystal Coast beaches seeking federal funding

CRYSTAL COAST, NC (WITN) - Nearly nine months to the day since Hurricane Florence overtook Eastern North Carolina, beaches along the Crystal Coast still aren't the same as they were prior to the storm.

But with the help of federal funds, those communities could soon see their beaches restored to their pre-Florence state.

Officials with the Carteret County Shoreline Protection Office say phase 2 of their beach re-nourishment project would impact the west end of Emerald Isle, Pine Knoll Shores, and expand all the way down to Atlantic Beach.

Approximately 3.2 Million cubic yards of sand were lost during Hurricane Florence and FEMA funds could help restore nearly 18 of the 25 miles of beach along Bogue Banks.

Beach leaders hope to have a decision from FEMA within 30-to-90 days on roughly 64-million dollars of federal relief funds that are critical to helping restore beaches.

Community leaders say the shoreline is vitally important not only from a social and environmental aspect but also a storm-proof and flooding perspective as well.