Oak Island works to clean up after Hurricane Matthew

OAK ISLAND, N.C. (WNCN) – Many Oak Island dunes were pushed back onto roadways by Hurricane Matthew Saturday, leaving a mess to clean up.

Barely any beach visible at Oak Island (Jonathan Rodriguez/CBS North Carolina)
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As the sun came up Sunday, residents surveyed damage levied by the storm which brought strong winds and heavy rains.

Emergency Services Director Brian Watts said shortly after dawn Sunday that reports were only beginning to filter in, but he expected some of the worst damage to be centered on Southport and the neighboring barrier island communities of Caswell Beach and Oak Island

Crew used heavy machinery to remove the thick layer of sand that was blown onto the island’s roads.

On Saturday, the ocean overtook the strand during the height of Matthew’s impact. Though the storm had weakened considerably by the time it reached North Carolina, the ocean still had the strength to badly damage property on Oak Island.

A CBS North Carolina crew at Oak Island caught video of the Oak Island pier being being damaged by Matthew.

According to Mayor Cin Brochure, the T portion of the pier was damaged. Police taped had been place on the pier by Sunday morning.

Brunswick County emergency officials say about 100 guests and workers had to be evacuated during Hurricane Matthew from a Comfort Inn motel in Southport because the roof was at risk of collapsing.

Watts said the hurricane’s winds Saturday night caused a load-bearing wall to crack and the roof was in imminent danger of collapsing. Watts said everyone was safely removed from the motel about three miles from the coast and spent the night in a Red Cross shelter.

Gov. Pat McCrory said nearby Wilmington received 6 inches of rain during the storm. In comparison, 16 inches fell in Tar Heel in Bladen County; 15 inches in Goldsboro; 12 inches in Fayetteville, Lumberton and Smithfield; and 9 inches in Raleigh and Rocky Mount.

In many places, ground was already saturated from previous heavy rain.

McCrory said more than 4,200 people are in shelters statewide, and more than 880 rescues have occurred, including more than 560 in Cumberland County alone.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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