Ocean Isle Beach Faces Severe Beach Erosion

OCEAN ISLE BEACH -- Residents in the eastern point of Ocean Isle Beach are in danger of losing their homes, as their land is swept away by the sea.

Erosion had washed away the end of Second Street and has started doing the same on Third Street as well.

"In the two years I've lived here, we've seen one home washed away," said resident Judy Hughes, "and erosion is washing away the streets."

Those who live on Ocean Isle Beach are scared.

"We're angry because we're in jeopardy of losing our homes," said Heath Hewett, "and we don't know what to do."

The Army Corps of Engineers plans on renourishing parts of the island, but their project would not include the easternmost part of the beach.

To add insult to injury for the residents, some of the sand bag rules in the state law have been changed, such as homeowners would be unable to protect their houses with sand bags.

Ocean Isle Beach had used all of its resources.  Now the town said it would be up to state and federal agencies to save this land.

Erosion forced the town to condemn several houses.  Some residents are trying to sell their homes and get out, while others are hoping someone steps in to help, and the storms that caused this would stay far, far away.

Reported by Kelli O'Hara