Arthur poses potential threat to Folly Beach renourishment

FOLLY BEACH, S.C. (WCIV) - Surfers took advantage of the waves on Folly Beach Wednesday while officials with the Army Corps of Engineers watched the path of Tropical Storm Arthur.

"We want the storm to go by as quickly as possible. Stay off shore as far as possible to minimize the damage as much as possible," said David Warren, project manager for the Charleston District.

For the last six months, the Corps has been hard at work with a re-nourishment project. It was officially completed on June 15.

"We did not build an erosion control project," said Warren. "It's a storm protection project. And, if we have big enough waves, hopefully it will do its job."

Warren said engineers spent Wednesday taking hundreds of pictures as photo documentation of how the beach looks pre-storm.

"Last week, we did a final survey of the beach, post finishing the re-nourishment. So, we are prepared to be able to document the damage if any occurs," Warren said.

Warren said engineers will re-evaluate the beach after the storm passes and use the photos as a point of reference to assess damage.

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