UPDATE: The Town of Carolina Beach will be reopening Freeman Park to the public at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday. According to a news release, they will continue to monitor conditions at the park throughout the week as more bad weather is expected in the area.
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The north end of Carolina Beach has been closed off to visitors due to the amount of water the area has seen over the past weekend.
The heavy rain and wind the region has seen over the past week, combined with the unusually high tides produced by the recent “super moon” event, have caused flooding on the island and prompted officials to close off Freeman Park.
According to Carolina Beach Police Chief Chris Spivey, the park was first closed around 8 or 9 p.m. Sunday. He said it was a precautionary move to ensure public safety.
“People aren’t able to camp when there’s no sand,” said Spivey, who added no evacuations were necessary.
Town staff worked all day Monday to clean up debris on the beach and make any repairs they could, according to a news release from the town. Spivey said town officials will reassess the situation on Tuesday based on tide, wind and weather conditions to determine when it is safe to reopen Freeman Park.
“They’re basically waiting for the tide to go out,” he said.
In anticipation of more flooding on Canal Drive on Tuesday night due to another higher-than-normal tide and another round of rain, traffic barrels were set up on adjacent cross streets to keep cars from entering the flooded areas of the road. Motorists are encouraged to use Carolina Beach Ave. North when possible.
Though the park and road closures are an inconvenience for residents and visitors alike, dealing with tidal issues is a part of living in a beach community.
“This happens a few times a year,” Spivey said. “With these weather events, sometimes these things happen.”