For North Topsail Beach, more rain could add to already $15M problem

NORTH TOPSAIL BEACH, N.C. (WNCT) – A wet, rainy and dreary day across most of eastern North Carolina. But for one local town, more rain could mean adding to an already 15 million dollar problem.

While North Topsail Beach saw rain for most of the day, it wasn’t the same scene it was nearly a month ago when heavy rains paired with high tides flooded the majority of the town.

But town officials say they’re still picking up the pieces from that flooding.

With sand bags lined up by the thousands along the coastline of this Onslow County town, some folks say they aren’t concerned about possible storms in thee forecast this week.

For one man, he says it’s just mother nature.

“I live on an island, I live beach front on an island so you have to take the good with the bad, and for 350 days out of the year I live in paradise,” said Javier Tunon.

Governor Pat McCrory announced the request for federal disaster declaration naming eight counties in eastern North Carolina that need federal funding to get back on their feet.

Many of them are coastal communities just like North Topsail Beach.

The town manager says while there is still a long process to go with receiving that aid, it’s nice to know the governor acknowledges ongoing issues.

“That’s an important first step in obtaining FEMA funds,” said Town Manager Stuart Turille. “To be able to do more shoreline protection, but until we get that word we’re essentially on our own.”

The damage from the recent storm is nearly 15 million dollars, but town managers don’t foresee the upcoming storms as a problem since tides will be lower.

But for Tunon, he says it’s time larger government understands.

“We’ve done our part, now it’s time for the government to step up and do their part,” said Tunon.

The town manager says more sand bags will be placed in the coming months to ensure flooding doesn’t occur at such great extents.

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