SOUTHPORT, NC (WECT) - Town leaders are keeping a close eye on the bulkhead in Southport after it was damaged twice this summer. In both cases, it took emergency repairs to fix.
Town officials say that if it's damaged again, it could cost a lot of taxpayer dollars to get it fixed permanently.
The bulkhead has protected several hundred feet of Southport from the Cape Fear River for years.
Robert Tucker is the Public Services Director for the city of Southport. He inspects the bulkhead on a regular basis.
Back in July, some wood inside the structure broke forcing emergency crews to patch it up.
Then, earlier this month, another problem forced crews to come back and fix it again.
Now, Tucker says if problems continue, they may have to budget money for a replacement to the entire structure.
"It keeps the park from washing away," said Tucker. "If we didn't have the bulkhead here, we would have continued erosion in this area."
Tucker was clear to mention that he thinks the bulkhead is likely to last for a while, but he did say that eventually it will need to be replaced.
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