Earl presents erosion issues |
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With the approach of Hurricane Earl over the next few days, area beaches are at higher risk for erosion problems. The amount of damage will be directly related to how long the storm stays off the SC coast, the strength of the hurricane, and its path.
Folly Beach Mayor Tom Goodwin says the beach nourishment performed at Folly Beach County Park in 2005 has not lasted as long as planned. Goodwin says the work will have to be redone sooner than expected.
Goodwin says things are bad, but there is a plan in place when the erosion gets worse. Experts can't estimate how much beach area may be lost as storms brew in the Atlantic.
Areas near inlets, as is the case where the park is located on Folly Island, are particularly vulnerable to erosion.
Beach renourishment projects can cost millions and are handled by the Army Corps of Engineers.
Photo source WCSC.