Hurricane Matthew pummeled a beating to area beaches.
In North Topsail Beach, dunes were breached and town officials say there is 50- to 100-percent dune damage in some areas while there was minor erosion in other areas.
More detailed information will be available in the next few days when aerial footage is collected and analyzed, they said.
According to a statement by Carin Faulkner, assistant town manager, town officials completed an assessment of the town Sunday morning.
“Most water has receded from the roads and all roads are passable within the Town. No major structural damage was observed. Minor damage such as loss of shingles, siding, and screen porch damage was noted,” she said.
Calls to Faulkner and Mayor Fred Burns were not returned by deadline.
Nearby Surf City primarily saw damage to the beach itself.
Erosion makes up the majority of the damage in the area, most being between 2400 South Shore to the northern town line of Surf City, Town Manager Larry Bergman said.
The erosion is affecting the lines where the dunes drop down.
Most of the public accesses survived the storm and are open. However, one access on the north end which is handicap accessible was damaged and can’t be used, he said.
With a scattering of power outages and no major debris problems, the area is going to focus on reevaluating the erosion issue and creating more concrete plans on what to do to rebuild.
“The next steps will be to bulldoze the sand up onto the dunes, which I suspect the town will work on accessing that,” Bergman said.
Situated along the outer edge of Camp Lejeune, Onslow Beach had “moderate” damage.
“Not unexpectedly, we experienced moderate beach erosion. A few of the natural access points have been compromised,” Marketing Director of MCCS Camp Lejeuene - New River Kim Oliver said. “The dunes are basically ok.”
A small number of the structures at Onslow Beach suffered cosmetic damage, while other beach front structures scheduled for demolition later in the year weathered the storm the best.
After a full scale assessment Monday, MCCS will be able to better determine a plan of action for repairs.
The beach was closed Sunday due to a power outage but was slated to reopen once a full evaluation is complete. Residents are being encouraged to check in the MCCS Lejeune/New River’s social media for when the area will be reopened.
The shoreline along Emerald Isle did not see any breaches on the dune system from Hurricane Matthew but a full assessment of the condition of the beaches along Bogue Banks won’t be complete for several days.
“Fortunately, there were no dune breaches along the town’s 12 miles of ocean beach, with only minor erosion of the frontal dunes in a few locations. As expected during any hurricane event, the flat beach profile was flattened somewhat by Matthew’s strong waves and storm surge, and we are uncertain as to the degree of beach erosion that occurred - both on the flat, sandy beach and the important underwater profile,” Emerald Isle Town Manager Frank Rush said in a final town update on the storm.
Rush said the town will be partnering with Carteret County and other towns on Bogue Banks to complete a full post-Matthew survey of the beach strand in the coming days. The results of this survey will guide the town’s future efforts to replace any sand lost during Hurricane Matthew.