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Kure Beach condo residents say sandbags prevented significant damage

KURE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — The higher than normal tides and massive waves caused by Irene has left a mark on our area’s beaches through erosion. The Riggings condos in Kure Beach saw some damage but residents say it could have been much worse if not for the sand bags protecting them.

“If the sand bags had not been here, these bottom units here and the swimming pool would probably be totally gone,” said Karla Lain, the Riggings HOA president.

The sand bags that line the beach in front of the condos have been in place for over a decade. Residents have fought for years with the North Carolina Coastal Resources Commission to keep them where they are.

“The government had come in earlier and put the rocks in to protect the fort and that has caused some erosion here to increase,” said Lain. “Because of the coquina rocks and the protection of those, they won’t re-nourish our beach here, so it’s very vital to us that we keep our sandbags.”

Though some say the sandbags are an eyesore, Riggings residents say they are protecting their properties from damaging storms like Irene.

“The great news is, over time, it doesn’t really take that long, depending on the winds, the sand will come back and the sand bags will be covered up,” said Lain.

Residents at the Riggings say their properties saw the worst damage from Irene in Kure Beach.

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