SURFSIDE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – The Surfside Beach renourishment project is on hold after strong storms hit the area as a result of Hurricane Irma.
Beach renourishment equipment was removed last weekend as the storm made its way closer to South Carolina.
According to Sara Corbett with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, an initial assessment of the beach will take place to document any sand loss from the project once it is requested.
Once the project is completed, the Corps will survey the beach to assess whether there was any significant erosion due to Hurricane Irma. If erosion did occur, sand replacement would depend on funding and contractor availability, according to the Corps of Engineers.
WMBF news reached out to Mayor Bob Childs who said he wouldn't be surprised at all if some of that sand the dredging company worked so hard to get back on the beach was lost because the ocean was very rough when Hurricane Irma roared through our area.
Childs said the Army Corps of Engineers is working on a very tight schedule so they may not be able to come back to the parts of Surfside Beach that may be lacking to replace sand, simply because they don't have time.
Neighbors in the area said they noticed a difference in sand levels after the storm.
Robert Donaldson works at the pier in Surfside Beach and said because he is so used to looking at the beach every day, he thinks the sand has receded significantly.
"I'm glad they did it, I just hate to see that much money wasted of course. I can visually look at it, but I can't tell you how much was lost," he said, "You can actually see where it was, the depth of it, and it's just amazing how much is gone."
When it is safe to resume pumping and dredging, the project will continue from 8th Ave S where it left off. It is scheduled to resume by the end of the week.