Beach nourishment project stopped due to Hurricane Jose

Kitty Hawk is one of the last towns in the Outer Banks for the beach nourishment project. Operations were temporarily stalled Tuesday due to Hurricane Jose.

KITTY HAWK, N.C. (WVEC) -- Hurricane Jose's effects temporarily halted a beach nourishment project that is nearing completion.

Tuesday, equipment stayed in place as rough surf pounded the shores.

"[Contractors] relocated their dredges to Norfolk until, obviously you can see, until the waves die down," said Town Manager, Andy Stewart.

Kitty Hawk is one of the last towns in the Outer Banks to finish the nourishment process. The last stretch is about 3500 miles long.

"The purpose of the project is to lose some of the sand off of the beach and create the sandbar," Stewart said. "In a normal event like this, you would see water over the road. The road is washed away, but DOT has done a great job in fixing that."

Despite a busy hurricane season, officials do not foresee any significant changes to the current timeline.

"They've got plenty of time I think to finish this project before the 15 of October and they've been out here everyday that they're able to get out here and work," said Stewart. 

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