Army Corps: Folly in good shape after Arthur

FOLLY BEACH, S.C. (WCIV) -- The Army Corps of Engineers surveyed Folly Beach on Wednesday, assessing any damage that may have been caused by Hurricane Arthur and came away with a positive report -- there's no sign of damage.

Surveying Folly Beach is just like mowing the lawn according to Chief of Survey Matthew Foss.

"We're driving the entire beach length back and forth, and we'll collect the entire topographic set of the beach so when it comes back we'll have a good surface model to make determinations about how much material has been gained or lost," said Foss.

The survey used to take three days to finish all six miles of the beach, but with the RAMBLER, it will only take one day. The RAMBLER is a specially-fitted Honda ATV with 3D-imaging devices that lets the engineers determine what is on the beach and how much beach there is.

The renourishment project cost $30.7 million, which is a shared cost between the federal government and the city of Folly Beach.

"The project was to protect infrastructure and property. It wasn't necessarily to build a nice beautiful beach for people, even though that is a side benefit and we have a nice beach out here now," said civil works project manager David Warren.

He says this is first survey since engineers finished the project. It's a survey the Army Corp of engineers did not expect to take so soon, but Hurricane Arthur put the project to the test.

"It looks like it did its job and really was not that big of an event," said Warren.

Warren said the beach has to maintain a certain density because it's turtle season.

The scans from the beach will be reviewed on Thursday and released at a later date once a final report on Arthur's affects is completed.