After Matthew: Garden City beaches still recovering

After Matthew: Garden City beaches still recovering

GARDEN CITY, SC (WMBF) - It's been six months since Hurricane Matthew stormed through Garden City beaches. Today, the area is still recovering.

In November, Horry County signed an emergency sand scraping order, so construction crews went out to the beaches and flattened out the sand that Matthew had disrupted.

The sand and debris that was pushed by Matthew from the beach onto the roads was also cleaned up, and new sand was added to the beach to replace the old.

However, one homeowner, Michael Corriher, still does not believe that enough is being done to renourish the beaches.

"The new renourishment that they're supposed to do where they level out the sand, make it a nice slope, and now, even in low tide, the water is standing so there's not a slope to it at all," said Corriher.

He did say that the area has improved some, but not entirely, and he's worried that it might not ever be the beach that it once was.

Last May, Corriher and his wife moved to Garden City from North Carolina to retire. He said they specifically chose this area for its beaches.

What they did not expect was Hurricane Matthew.

Six months later, he is still hoping that the county will continue to amp up their renourishment. Corriher believes that the more populated cities like Myrtle Beach are receiving more help and funding.

"Myrtle Beach is getting all the attention, but they're not giving us much down here," said Corriher.

However, Lisa Bourcier, Horry County spokesperson, said that each city is receiving the exact amount of help that they need.

Some business owners in the area say that while the area didn't look too good for a while, their businesses never really suffered.

Forrest Clark, manager of Pavilion Arcade on Atlantic Avenue, said the storm simply brought in a different type of crowd - storm chasers.

"It's human nature to come and look at the aftermath of any storm. And the police were just having to kick people out left and right and prevent them from coming down," said Clark.

Now, as the busy season begins, he said more of the normal beach tourists are returning to the area, at no less of a rate than normal.

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