Bringing The World Home To You

© 2024 WUNC North Carolina Public Radio
120 Friday Center Dr
Chapel Hill, NC 27517
919.445.9150 | 800.962.9862
91.5 Chapel Hill 88.9 Manteo 90.9 Rocky Mount 91.1 Welcome 91.9 Fayetteville 90.5 Buxton 94.1 Lumberton 99.9 Southern Pines 89.9 Chadbourn
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

Nags Head Officials Ask Feds For Beach Renourishment Help

Nags Head
Dave DeWitt

The town of Nags Head is asking the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, for help to restore 1.4 million cubic meters of sand along its shoreline after Hurricane Matthew. 

Engineers estimate that Nags Head's shoreline has lost almost half the sand from a major beach renourishment project in 2011.

The Coastal Science and Engineering firm oversaw Nags Head's major beach renourishment in 2011. The firm's Tim Kana Hurricane Matthew brought about 4 years worth of sand erosion.
“We'd have to pay for the dredge mobilization and the pumping costs and apply the sand over the entire length of the 2011 project because the entire project was impacted,” he said. “The bottom line is that it would probably be along the line of $18-20 million to do a project of that scale.”
Kana said the town is also considering whether to nourish the beach even further to protect against storm surge.
“The town has determined that they don't want to go back to the conditions of 2011, before the project was done, so they've established this trigger of 50 percent losses as kind of a target time to re-up the project,” he said.

Rebecca Martinez produces podcasts at WUNC. She’s been at the station since 2013, when she produced Morning Edition and reported for newscasts and radio features. Rebecca also serves on WUNC’s Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accountability (IDEA) Committee.
Related Stories
More Stories