Southeastern NC beaches to get post-Irene aid
Posted January 22, 2012
TOPSAIL BEACH, N.C. — Topsail Beach and Bald Head Island will get $8 million in funding to replenish tourism-generating beaches damaged by Hurricane Irene.
The StarNews of Wilmington reports (http://bit.ly/ydrxTF ) that U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre announced the Federal Emergency Management Agency funding on Friday.
Topsail Beach will get $6.3 million, with the rest going to Bald Head Island.
Three-quarters of the money will come from the federal government, with the state providing the remaining 25 percent.
McIntyre says communities along the shore suffered millions of dollars' worth of damage when Irene charged up the East Coast last August.
The goal of the funding is to restore the beaches to their pre-storm condition.
Monday is the deadline for people to file flood insurance claims for damage caused by Irene. The National Flood Insurance Program extended the deadline for policyholders in North Carolina and 14 other states after state officials voiced concerns about insurance coverage and filing deadlines.