How are your favorite N.C. beaches getting repaired after Florence?

The storm caused at least $119 million in damage to beaches in the state’s southeastern corner. Nobody knows how long it will take to repair the damage Hurricane Florence inflicted on North Carolina’s beaches.

In the state’s southeastern corner, beaches in Brunswick, New Hanover and Pender counties suffered more than $119 million in damage from Hurricane Florence’s battering winds and harsh storm surge, according to damage estimates provided to the N.C. Department of Water Resources. Still, there is a sense that many of the beaches did their jobs during Hurricane Florence, preventing the Atlantic from damaging other forms of infrastructure.

Layton Bedsole, New Hanover’s County’s shore protection coordinator, said, “I can’t say that coastal storm damage reduction works everywhere, but it sure seems to work in New Hanover County. ... Our beaches are in the shape they’re in because we embraced this concept in the 1960s and we maintained them.”

Beaches up and down the coast have different funding streams and different options depending on a series of factors. For instance, the near-term future a beach maintained by the federal government such as Wrightsville Beach would likely be tied to decisions made by the federal government, while those maintained locally such as Holden Beach are more dependent on the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the state and local money to make repairs.

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