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COASTAL RESOURCES COMMISSION ALLOWS COVERING OF SOME SANDBAG STRUCTURES UNCOVERED BY RECENT STORMS
RALEIGH– The N.C. Coastal Resources Commission voted Thursday to allow property owners to cover sandbag structures that were previously covered by sand and stable, natural vegetation, but uncovered as a result of Tropical Storm Hanna and a Sept. 25 storm.
The commission’s vote came during a conference call Thursday morning.
The work to cover the affected sandbags may be permitted under the Emergency General Permit for primary and frontal dune reconstruction authorized Sept. 29 by Bill Ross, secretary of the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
The emergency general permit was activated for the following counties: Brunswick, New Hanover, Pender, Onslow, Carteret, Hyde, Dare and Currituck. The permit does not eliminate the need to obtain any other required state, local or federal authorization.
According to the CRC’s rules, sandbag structures that are covered with sand and stable, natural vegetation may remain in place indefinitely, as long as they remain covered. Once uncovered, the sandbags are subject to removal. Staff with the N.C. Division of Coastal Management estimate that Thursday’s ruling by the commission will allow between 12 and 18 property owners to re-cover sandbag structures exposed by the storms.
Property owners have until March 29, 2009 to obtain the emergency general permit and complete work authorized under the permit. People should contact staff with the Division of Coastal Management before beginning repairs or replacement work, said Jim Gregson, the division’s director.