Bald Head Island residents concerned with beach erosion

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BALD HEAD ISLAND, NC (WECT) - Bald Head Island is vulnerable to hurricanes and storms, so residents are concerned severe beach erosion has left them with little protection.

Water from the beach has gone beyond some backyards, inching toward door steps.  In some cases, the water is even making its way to front resident's front yards.

Resident Betsy Carr said the beach is eating away at her boardwalk.

"Our boardwalk use to be 100 feet longer than it is now," said Carr.  "It's been eroding since December.'

Town officials say the community has lost close to 160 feet of beach since March due to dredging by the Army Corp of Engineers.

Recent wave action from Hurricane Bill caused flooding in the area and forced people from their homes.

"Seven houses were flooded last Friday night," said Bald Head Island Mayor Larry Lammert.  "We had to evacuate four or five families from these homes and turn off power."

"We're worried about this next tropical storm," said Carr.  "The wave action because it's already bad and we haven't had a storm yet."

Residents fear being exposed to another massive weather hit during this hurricane season.

Bald Head Island town officials said the Army Corp has given approval to take sand from J-Bird Shoals and put it toward their beach sometime in November.

Island officials are trying to get the date moved up to September.

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