Amid worsening erosion, homeowners scramble to prep for big swell

Amid worsening erosion, homeowners scramble to prep for big swell
(Image: Jacob VanderVelde)
(Image: Jacob VanderVelde)

NORTH SHORE, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Homeowners from Ehukai Beach to Rocky Point are scrambling to shore up their properties before a big swell rolls in Friday.

Surf on north-facing shores is forecast to start rising Thursday and wave faces could reach 22 to 28 feet by Friday.

On North Shore beaches, homeowners were working Thursday to install erosion mitigation efforts in hopes of staving up damage.

Erosion this winter has been brutal across the state, but especially on Oahu's North Shore.

Last month, researchers said erosion at Sunset Beach reached unprecedented levels, and the waves have already claimed a bike path and forced the city to move and destroy a lifeguard shed.

"I am very worried about what's happening on the North Shore," Mayor Kirk Caldwell said last month. "We're going to have to start thinking bout how we soften our shore and work with the water."

This story will be updated.

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