Millions needed to renourish Folly Beach after recent hurricane

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) - Hurricane Sandy took a bite out of Folly Beach, and federal officials say the cost to fix the problem is in the millions of dollars.

According to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, approximately 75,000 to 100,000 cubic yards of beach were washed away during Hurricane Sandy, compared to the 300,000 to 350,000 cubic yards of sand lost during Hurricane Irene.

A local U.S. Army Corps official said renourishing the beach is important in order to protect both civil and public infrastructure.

"The reason for these projects is to protect infrastructure," said Lt. Col. Ed Chamberlayne, District Commander of the U.S. Army Corps Charleston District. "That's the whole value of having these federal projects. Clearly when we have a lot of damage to these beaches, they impact our infrastructure, they impact private value of property but it also takes away a secondary impact which is recreation opportunities."

The Charleston District of the Army Corps says so far they've received $400,000 to complete a federal beach renourishment project. They will find out in February if the project will receive additional funding once the President's 2014 budget is released.