20 endangered homes on Topsail Island's northern tip to be saved by using sandbags

20 endangered homes on Topsail Island's northern tip to be saved by using sandbags

Around 20 homes situated along one of North Carolina's most fragile barrier islands will be saved by waves with the help of supersized sandbag wall that is being built there.

These homes are situated on Topsail Island's northern tip. The News & Observer of Raleigh reported that currently the crews are building a 9-foot-tall wall of sandbags to save these homes from collapsing. The allowance for this set up was given by state's Coastal Resources Commission because of the fact that the wall so constructed will be 3 feet taller than the maximum allowed height.

There were multiple media reports that stated that on Wednesday the North Topsail Beach a town alderman is plan a public hearing. They will be deciding on whether to expand the protection with a standard-height sandbag wall to protect four more lots or not.

The wall is being built for these 20 homes that have been threatened by rapidly encroaching ocean waves and it is a $2.6 million race against the clock. Also, the engineers have largely predicted that these homes on Topsail Island's northern tip might otherwise collapse into the ocean within the next year. So on these lines, back in November, the state's Coastal Resources Commission held an emergency meeting to approve this supersized sandbag wall.

In a phone interview this week, Mayor Dan Tuman said that that particular area has always been a problem area and so something had to done immediately to protect the property. The problems on Topsail could reignite the statewide debate over building hard structures to stop shifting sand. Back in 2011, the legislature approved four "terminal groins", which were basically barriers that were made of rock or steel that was perpendicular to shore.

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