PINE KNOLL SHORES, N.C- Looking at the beach in Pine Knoll Shores, to the naked eye, Irene didn’t do much damage at all.In fact, Judy Howell and her family moved their annual fishing trip here from Fort Macon Park.“When the storm came through and the beach was eroded like it was we had to pick a new spot because you can’t really fish out there so that’s why we chose this spot–it didn’t seem to be as eroded as that seemed to be,” said Howell Town manager Brain Kramer says a significant amount of erosion did indeed happen here. “A lot of people were fooled by the beach being just as wide,” said Kramer. But when engineers came out to assess things, while the width of the beach remained in tact—the height had taken a hit. Kramer says if another storm comes through it could cause even more damage. Each spring inspectors from the county come out to do a pre-storm survey to check the sand levels. After the Hurricane Irene came through, storm crews came back out to assess the damage.”This year the island lost about 1.4 million cubic yards of fan…pine knoll shores lost about 214,000 cubic yards,” said Kramer. The same amount lost during Hurricane Ophelia back in 2005. Now the town is teaming up with neighboring Indian Beach and Emerald Isle to ask FEMA for help replenishing the shore.If they don’t get FEMA funds, Carteret County says they’ll have to decide whether or dip into local funds to complete the projects.