The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced that the Town of Duck will receive $2,229,342 to assist their Hurricane Dorian recovery efforts.
Dorian’s storm surge and wave activity led to dangerous levels of beach and dune erosion along the coastline near Duck, reported FEMA.
The town will use these funds to replace 170,800 cubic yards of sand along 1.6 miles of shoreline and dunes. About 61,000 plants will also need to be reinstalled to anchor the dunes against further erosion.
The project is expected to cost a total of $2,972,456 and will be a continuation of the Shoreline Protection Project that Duck initiated in 2017.
Congressman Greg Murphy, M.D. commented: “For small communities like Duck big storms can be especially devastating. Outer Banks natives are unfortunately all too familiar with natural disasters.”
“We must remember that North Carolina’s beaches are for locals and tourists alike. Preserving them needs to be a priority. Thankfully they were able to initiative recovery efforts on their own. With these funds Duck can continue to rebuild,” added congressman Murphy.
Sand for the restoration will be dredged from the same location they started using in 2017 – a 12.8 million cubic yard patch of sand approximately 5.75 miles off the coast of Kill Devil Hills.