MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WBTW) – The likelihood that Hurricane Florence will make landfall somewhere along the Carolina coast has put the Myrtle Beach renourishment project on hold.
The contractor, Great Lakes Dredge and Dock, finished work in Garden City and Surfside Beach this weekend, according to a post from the City of Myrtle Beach. The next phase of the $34 million project will be halted until Hurricane Florence is no longer a threat to the coast.
Instead of beginning in Myrtle Beach, the contractor is demobilizing and removing equipment from the beach, in advance of the now Category 2 storm. Once Hurricane Florence passes, renourishment will relaunch at Withers Swash, with pipes headed toward 29th Avenue South.
Myrtle Beach received $24,928,500 in federal emergency funding through Flood Control and Coastal Emergencies (FCCE) to cover 100% of the beach fill element of the project, the city confirms. The city has requested state funding assistance for $450,000 in association with a South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism (SCPRT) Beach Re-nourishment Funding Assistance Grant to cover the cost of repairing the fencing and grass along the dunes.