Horry County officials say it will likely take several years before tons of sand washed off Grand Strand beaches during last month’s storms can be replaced.
The Sun News of Myrtle Beach reports that sand replenishment is not eligible for federal aid that traditionally comes through Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funds. A Myrtle Beach spokesman said the 25-mile stretch of beach that lost sand during exceptionally strong tides is already part of an Army Corps of Engineers project and is unlikely to get emergency funding late in the budgeting process this year.
Officials said they are working to get Grand Strand beaches added to the Army Corps of Engineers’ 2018 replenishment projects.
The paper reports the last replenishment cost $30 million to replace 750,000 cubic yards of sand. Federal funding covered 65 percent, while the state and county split the rest.
The Army Corps of Engineers is still working on a damage estimate for the entire region, but the spokesman said about 290,000 cubic yards of sand had been reported lost by Myrtle Beach officials. Horry County reported an additional loss of roughly 200,000 cubic yards between Myrtle Beach State Park and Surfside Beach.