SOUTHEAST N.C. — Major storms like Hurricane Florence not only wreak havoc on homes and infrastructure but also cause significant damage to beaches through erosion.
Erosion takes place every day at the beach as waves crash on shore carrying away sand particles. That is why beach towns like Carolina Beach and Wrightsville Beach make efforts to restore beaches through expensive beach nourishment projects.
This past year the Town of Wrightsville Beach underwent a $10 million beach nourishment project — a project that has the potential to be undone thanks to heavy waves and high storm surge due to Florence.
These projects are generally done in unison with the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) — the branch of government generally responsible for beaches in the country.