Hurricane Hazel Remembered on Oak Island

Published: Oct. 15, 2007 at 8:07 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 18, 2007 at 9:44 PM EDT
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BRUNSWICK COUNTY -- People on Oak Island are remembering Hurricane Hazel on the 53rd anniversary of the storm with the unveiling of a highway marker.

A highway marker was unveiled on Monday on highway 133 and Yaupon Drive near the Oak Island Golf Course.

The marker states that the category four storm made landfall on October 15, 1954 and took the lives of nineteen people.

Oak Island Mayor John Vereen says that despite the catastrophic damage the 17 foot storm surge caused, the historic event needs to be remembered.

"It really is nice to be honored and remembered for such a terrible catastrophe. It's a shame we have to put up monuments to catastrophes, but it does remind people what can happen and I think that is really important that they take note of it. I think we remind people about doing that by putting this sign up," explained Oak Island Mayor John Vereen.

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Reported by Max Winitz