NORTH TOPSAIL BEACH, N.C. (WNCT) – In North Topsail Beach, new assessments show the flooding from recent rainfall comes with a nearly 15 million dollar price tag.
North Topsail officials brought in local contractors to help alleviate problems with the recent sand bag re-nourishment project that was significantly damaged after the recent rainfall. While some homeowners said it’s beneficial, others said its simply putting a Band-Aid on what mother nature will do.
For the first day in nearly two weeks, North Topsail Beach saw the sunshine which gave a clearer view of damages, including flattened, broken or washed away sand bags.
Those sand bags are part of a nearly 20 million dollar re-nourishment project to protect homes that was put in place earlier this summer.
Now North Topsail Beach is asking a local construction company to rebuild the sand bag line.
“We have a maintenance agreement and we are continuously replacing any of the bags that are deflated or have fallen down,” said Assistant Town Manager Carin Faulkner.
Crews will import sand from an off-source location, mix sand and water together in what’s called a Hopper and then pump that sand from the Hopper into the bags.
Once completed, the sand bags are placed on top of the already built wall.
One homeowner believes homes would have suffered more damage if it wasn’t for the sand bags.
“I’m sure without any doubt these sand bags have rescued all of these properties that are on the opposite side of the ocean without these sand bags, in my judgement these properties would be destroyed,” said Paul Perantinides, a North Topsail Beach homeowner.
But another homeowner isn’t convinced they’re the best answer.
“In regards to the sand bags, my biggest concern is will they hold, there just needs to be another reevaluation of what’s going on down here how much water we’ve lost, how much sand we’ve lost again,” said Cameron Keugel.
Town officials aren’t talking specific timelines at this point, but they do plan to bring in FEMA in the next couple weeks to evaluate damages further.
The contracting company says over the next several weeks they will be filling up over 350 sand bags that will be placed on the north end of the island.