October 29, 2008

Photos of Carolina Beach Lake Following Hurricane Ophelia in 2005

Here are some interesting photos of Carolina Beach Lake following 10 inches of rain from Hurricane Ophelia which grazed our area in September 2005. The aerial photos were taken by the NC Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster and are posted here on their website. For additional Ophelia photos of the SE North Carolina coastline, please visit their website. (click photos for full size)







And one photo of the Snow's Cut Bridge

Here is a Wilmington Star article from November 2005 that explains the flooding issues of CB Lake. I don't believe the town received funding for the dredging.

Town Hoping to End Lake’s Flooding

CAROLINA BEACH When hurricane season comes along next year, Carolina Beach officials are hoping the town’s lake won’t overflow its banks again.

The town is seeking about $1.2 million in state aid to alleviate flooding, which usually covers U.S. 421 and nearby residential streets during periods of heavy rain.

Homes and businesses also have experienced flooding.

Steve Pagley, the town’s operations director, said the money would be used to dredge silt from the lake bottom, deepening it, and to buy another pump. If the state approves the grant, the town would have to put up $578,250, or one-third of the cost of the entire project.

Councilman Gary Doetsch said it sounds like a good start, but he hopes it’s enough.

Here are some key questions and answers about the issue:

HOW BIG IS THE LAKE?
11.5 acres, 3 feet deep and holds nearly 11 million gallons of water.

WHAT’S THE SCOPE OF THE PROPOSED PROJECT?
The town’s operations department wants to dredge the lake and buy an additional pump, which will help the town manage water flow from the lake. The dredging would deepen the lake by 3 to 4 feet, increasing the capacity to about 25 million gallons.

WHY IS FLOODING A PROBLEM?
Town officials say flooding not only affects residential and commercial properties around the lake but also disturbs wildlife in and around the lake.

Flooding also makes it difficult for emergency vehicles to respond.

HOW WILL DREDGING HELP?
It will make the lake deeper. The lake can flood with just an inch of rain because water drains into the lake from 560 acres of land. According to town calculations, an inch of rain dumps about 15 million gallons into the lake.

HOW WILL ANOTHER PUMP HELP?
One pump can remove 7.2 million gallons of water from the lake in 24 hours. A second pump would double that amount, which means the town could reduce the lake level as storms approach.

HOW LONG WILL THE WORK TAKE?
Once the state grant comes through, the project should take six months to complete – in time for the 2006 hurricane season. After the work is done, the town will maintain the improvements and operate the pump as needed.

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