High tides bring abundance of reeds to NC shores

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WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — High tides along North Carolina's southeastern shores during the month of May have left behind a thick mat of reeds that subsequent high tides haven't been able to wash away.

The StarNews of Wilmington reports (http://bit.ly/MFXHrV ) Saturday that the sometimes foul-smelling masses are sticking around because of how high the tide pushed the hay-like material onto shore.

Oak Island public service director Gene Kudges says the unusually high tide flushed the various grasses from inland marshes, and the reeds then floated in with the tide. The result was a larger amount of reeds on the beach than most years.

Residents say they want the unsightly mess cleaned up. But Kudges says officials are letting the reeds wash out to sea on their own.

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Information from: The StarNews, http://starnewsonline.com

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