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Beach renourishment work restarts in Surfside Beach

jblackmon@thesunnews.com

After a nine-day delay, the beach renourishment project in Surfside Beach has restarted.

Contractors were working at full speed once again Friday morning after a mechanical issue put their work on pause, according to Town Administrator Micki Fellner.

Updates on the town’s Facebook page said contractors finished replacing ruptured hoses Thursday after issues with booster pumps at the pumping station offshore.

The project, which is run by the Army Corps of Engineers, stalled July 26 due to mechanical issues. A section of the beach has been cordoned off from 13th Avenue North to 16th Avenue North.

“Equipment issues are worked into the schedule because we know they will happen,” said Glenn Jeffries, a spokeswoman for the Army Corps of Engineers’ Charleston office. “It is also important to keep in mind that weather and sea conditions play a part in the time it takes to make the repairs.”

Beach renourishment work pumps sand back onto the beach from the ocean floor. Erosion and events like hurricanes suck sand off the beach and deposit it in near-shore sandbars.

Surfside is the first section of Horry County beaches to begin the renourishment process. Progress on the project can be tracked online at http://arcg.is/2vtOO2X.

Additional renourishment work in North Myrtle Beach is expected to begin in mid-September and finish in November. Garden City, Surfside Beach and North Myrtle beach were granted emergency federal funding for the work in March because of significant erosion during Hurricane Matthew in October 2016. Myrtle Beach, which does not have a scheduled start date for its renourishment, secured its final funding for the project in May.

Chloe Johnson: 843-626-0381, @_ChloeAJ

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