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Beach erosion causes concern in North Myrtle Beach

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Coastal Carolina University researchers calculate about 200,000 cubic yards of sand were lost when Tropical Storm Ana hit in North Myrtle Beach.

Most of the sand was lost in Cherry Grove.

Beach renourishment projects involve construction, bringing in sand to replenish the shoreline.

The federal projects are done every 10 years for the entire Grand Strand region.

With the tide sweeping in and out and nature taking its course, beachfront disappears and erodes into the ocean, especially at high tide.

You're hard pressed to find a spot on the sand that doesn't get overtaken by waves.

As you can imagine, this is a problem if you're trying to go to the beach.

The last renourishment was in 2008, so there are a few more years until the next project starts.

In the meantime, North Myrtle Beach has had to go so far as bulldozing from one place to another to move sand around, which is very costly and entirely at the expense of the local government, but also necessary considering the alternative.

"It's that much easier for the water and the storm surge to come closer, and in some cases breach the dune line. And then once you breach the dune line, you start talking about water that's coming much closer to homes, coming in to homes, flooding streets. So you're just losing that big barrier of protection," said First Alert Meteorologist Jamie Arnold.

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