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Kure Beach in need of quick fix for beach erosion

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KURE BEACH, N.C. -- Mother Nature's wet and windy visit to the coast last week left costly damage behind.

The town of Kure Beach is dealing with severe erosion on the south end.

Long time visitor Bill Babcock said he expected nothing less after watching strong winds and heavy rain roll through.

"You knew what was going on, each tide it gets progressively higher and that's what took everything out," said Babcock.

Some of the embankments are over five feet high.

"After we have a heavy storm like this it always erodes this way because, I mean, we had gusts up to 61 miles an hour the other day," said Carolina Beach resident Sharon Ely. "A lot of people get alarmed by this but in the summertime the sand will come back in."

But town leaders said they can't wait that long, tourists season is closing in.

"The building inspector is on the job. He is trying to find out where we can call for more help in getting the sand taken care of," said Mayor Dean Lambeth.

On Monday, Lambeth just happened to be flying to Washington, D.C. to talk with lawmakers about the need for federal funding for beach nourishment projects. But he said if anything comes from the trip, it won't help right now.

"We don't have the money right now. We got to try and find funds or a FEMA quick fix," said Lambeth.

Babcock said it's a never ending uphill battle.

"Last year they replenished the whole beach and the beach went way out there, and here it is a year later and you don't have a beach which proves one thing: nature is going to do what it wants to do," said Babcock.

But the mayor said he wants to keep the beach there for tourists to do what they want to do.

He hopes to have it repaired within the next month or so.

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