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FEMA, State OK Funds for Topsail Beach Sand

North Carolina and the Federal Emergency Management Agency have approved $18.8 million for Topsail Beach to reimburse expenses to restore hurricane- and tropical storm-related beach damage.

The latest funding announced Friday brings the total to more than $90.8 million to renourish North Carolina beaches since the 2018 storms. more than $54 million was approved earlier this month to restore beaches in the towns of Emerald Isle and Holden Beach. Also, more than $18 million was approved in September to restore beaches in Indian Beach and Pine Knoll Shores.

Topsail Beach will replenish more than 939,000 cubic yards of sand damaged during Hurricane Florence.

The sand equals more than nine times the amount of concrete in Charlotte’s Bank of America Stadium, the agencies said. FEMA’s share in the cost-sharing Public Assistance program is more than $14.1 million and the state’s share is more than $4.7 million.

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