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Winter weather causes steep erosion in Carolina Beach

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Carolina Beach officials issued a safety alert Monday to warn residents about high drop offs from the 1200 to 1600 block of Carolina Beach Avenue. Carolina Beach officials issued a safety alert Monday to warn residents about high drop offs from the 1200 to 1600 block of Carolina Beach Avenue.
The recent winter weather has caused severe erosion in Pleasure Island. The recent winter weather has caused severe erosion in Pleasure Island.

CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WECT) – The recent winter weather has caused severe erosion in Pleasure Island.

Carolina Beach officials issued a safety alert Monday to warn residents about high drop offs from the 1200 to 1600 block of Carolina Beach Avenue.

According to the town manager, Michael Cramer, the sand drops down as far as 6 feet in some areas, in other places he said it only drops down about a foot.

Cramer said it can be dangerous and leaders are urging people to be careful.  He said his biggest concern is people walking on the beach at night, and not realizing the drop off is there.

"We could get people that break a leg, sprain an ankle or much worse so we want them to be extremely careful and be aware of their surroundings," said Cramer. 

The Town will be posting hazard signs at necessary beach accesses to warn residents to proceed with caution.

The town manager also said that representatives from the Army Corps of Engineers would be out surveying the area on Wednesday to see if they will be able to help. Additionally, he said they are going to be looking at getting permission to knock some of the highest points of the escarpments down.

"We are looking at getting a variance or a permit so that we can go in with heavy equipment and hopefully knock down the high spots," said Cramer. "Not necessarily even everything out or flatten everything out, but make it so we have less of a straight up and down drop."


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