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Beach renourishment project should help protect section of NC 12 on Outer Banks


KITTY HAWK, North Carolina — A beach rebuilding project planned at Kitty Hawk is expected to provide more protection for N.C. Highway 12 — the 110-mile highway running the length of the Outer Banks.

Local media outlets report the town plans a $23 million beach nourishment project along four miles of the road next year. The area includes a section threatened by flooding during last weekend's heavy rains.

Officials say had five-ton sandbags not been in place last weekend, the highway would have been washed over again.

Surf from the storm destroyed the 15-foot-tall dunes protecting the highway and nearby businesses. The state plans to get permits to rebuild the dunes in the coming weeks.

Flooding from last weekend's storm did temporarily close the road on Ocracoke Island.

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