FEMA Funds Approved to Restore Emerald Isle Beaches


EMERALD ISLE, N.C.-  – The State of North Carolina and FEMA recently announced more than $34 million to reimburse expenses to restore hurricane related beach damage on Emerald Isle, North Carolina.

Funds will be used to replace sand and plants on the public beaches for the Town of Emerald. Storm surge from Hurricane Florence damaged 12-miles of local beach.

Emerald Isle will replenish more than 2 million cubic yards of sand and 377,000 square yards of plants. The sand equals more than 20 times the amount of concrete in Charlotte’s Bank of America Stadium and the volume of plants covers 78 acres.

FEMA’s Public Assistance program provides grants for state and local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations to reimburse the cost of debris removal, emergency protective measures and permanent repair work.

“The Town of Emerald Isle is beyond grateful for the confirmation of this grant award,” stated Matt Zapp, Emerald Isle Town Manager.  “Thank you to U.S. Senator Thom Tillis, U.S. Senator Richard Burr, U.S. Congressman Greg Murphy, N.C. Rep. Pat McElraft, contacts at the NC. Department of Public Safety, Carteret County Shore Protection Manager Greg Rudolph, and Emerald Isle Finance Director Laura Rotchford for their tireless work.”  

Public Assistance is a cost-sharing program. FEMA reimburses applicants at least 75 percent of eligible costs, and the remaining 25 percent is covered by the state. The federal share is paid directly to the state, which disburses funds to agencies, local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations that incurred costs.

FEMA’s share for Emerald Isle is more than $34 million and the state’s share is nearly $12 million. Locally, the next phase of dredging is expected to reach Emerald Isle beaches during the months of March and April 2020.  A third phase of work is also anticipated for winter 2021. 

To learn more about the project, visit http://www.carteretcountync.gov/797/ or contact Gregory Rudolph (Rudi) at the Shore Protection Office by dialing 252 222-5835 or via email at grudolph@carteretcountync.gov

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Monday, December 16, 2019 8:57:00 AM Categories: News