- Associated Press - Friday, November 27, 2015

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) - Horry County officials say tons of sand stripped from Grand Strand beaches during last month’s storm won’t be replenished for at least several years.

The Sun News of Myrtle Beach reports Friday (https://bit.ly/1jnF6IB ) sand replenishment doesn’t qualify for Federal Emergency Management Agency funds. Local officials say Congress likely won’t provide a direct allocation in the next federal budget.

Officials say they’re working to get Grand Strand beaches added to the Army Corps of Engineers’ 2018 replenishment projects.

The Grand Strand’s last renourishment cost $30 million to replace 750,000 cubic yards of sand. Federal funding covered 65 percent, while the state and county split the rest.

It’s not yet known how much total Grand Strand sand was washed away by the early October storm that brought historic rainfall and high tides.

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Information from: The Sun News, https://www.thesunnews.com/

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