Myrtle Beach Storm Damage Reduction Project Stopped Due to Hurricane Irma

Published Sept. 8, 2017
Myrtle Beach Renourishment

The Charleston District recently began renourishing the Grand Strand of South Carolina, pumping sand onto Surfside, Garden City and North Myrtle Beaches. Myrtle Beach will receive sand in 2018. The renourishment comes from funds received after damage from Hurricanes Joaquin and Matthew in the last two years.

Charleston, S.C. –The Myrtle Beach Storm Damage Reduction Project has temporarily stopped as Hurricane Irma heads towards South Carolina.

Great Lakes Dredge and Dock has stopped pumping and dredging and is preparing the dredges to be sent to safe harbor. They are working to get all of the pipes and equipment off the beach by the end of the weekend and will survey the beach prior to evacuating.

“Safety is the Charleston District’s number one priority,” said Lt. Col. Jeffrey Palazzini. “By preparing now, we will ensure that everyone is safely evacuated and that the equipment is safely secured so it won’t cause any damage.”

Post-storm the Corps will perform an initial assessment of the beach to document any sand loss from the project. Once the project is completed, the Corps will survey the beach to asses if there was any significant erosion due to Hurricane Irma during construction. If erosion did occur, sand replacement would depend on funding and contractor availability.

Once the storm has passed, the contractor plans to continue pumping and dredging where the project left off before their orderly shutdown on 8th Ave South.

For updates and progress on the project, please visit the Corps’ website


Glenn Jeffries

Release no. 17-004