North Shore swell erodes shoreline propertiesUPDATED 6:18 PM HST Dec 29, 2013Video Transcript
The latest North Shore swell is good news for surfers and spectators, bad news for shoreline property owners. KITV 4's Paul Drewes shows us their struggle to save their homes. Excessive erosion has kept North Shore residents on edge for days, now it also has their homes on the edge. Greg@3:26-3:32 "the deck that was out in front of the house, fell off thursday night and it began undermining the foundation of the house" Greg and other Rocky Point residents have been shoring up the disappearing shoreline, in the hopes they could save their homes. But the latest super-sized surf has made that work downright dangerous - powerful waves wash up water filled with all kinds of construction debris. natS@21:40 Nearby, there was an urgent effort to deconstruct this section of a home already slumping over the edge to keep even more of the debris from falling into the ocean. eric@23:30-23:42 "we've been up for 3 nights watching it go slowly, preparing for this, about 3-4 am it went" Homeowners have been helped by neighbors and others, concerned about the houses crumbling into the ocean. Some worry those efforts won't be enough and are asking for city or state assistance before its too late. tandi@25:59-26:16 "we need help immediately, people are moving out, this is complete disaster. We helped when hurricane sandy came, the typhoon in the philippines we can do this but we need it immediately" nat of waves and debris standup@28:00 "the waves have taken a lot here on the north shore, properties and parts of homes, but one thing it hasn't taken away is the sense of community among neighbors" eric@24:44-24:57 "all of the neighbors have been pitching in, filling a sand bag feels like throwing a bucket of water on a forest fire, but you throw enough buckets on a forest fire and you might slow it down, that's what it feels like we are doing. You can't fight mother nature." On the North Shore, Paul Drewes KITV 4 news.