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North Topsail Beach building 'supersized' sandbag wall to keep waves from collapsing 20 homes


NORTH TOPSAIL BEACH, North Carolina — A supersized sandbag wall is going up to keep waves from collapsing about 20 homes along one of North Carolina's most fragile barrier islands.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reports ( ) that crews are building a 9-foot-tall wall of sandbags to save the homes on Topsail Island's northern tip. The move had to be approved by the state's Coastal Resources Commission because the wall will be 3 feet taller than the maximum allowed height.

Multiple media reported that North Topsail Beach town aldermen also plan a public hearing Wednesday on whether to expand the protection with a standard-height sandbag wall to protect four more lots.

Town officials hope the barriers will protect tax-paying property until engineering to reroute the New River Inlet's channel takes hold.

Information from: The News & Observer,

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