- Associated Press - Thursday, April 27, 2017

BEAUFORT, S.C. (AP) - The costs of cleaning up South Carolina’s coast after Hurricane Matthew are going up.

The island Packet of Hilton Head reports (https://bit.ly/2pnt3lF) the cost of cleaning up local waterways in Beaufort County has increased by $2.5 million.

Beaufort County environmental engineering director Eric Larson says the initial estimate for the cleanup was about $4.5 million. Larson says based on a recent survey, it will cost about $7 million to clean up debris from the water.

Much of the debris includes tree branches, logs and pieces of destroyed docks.

But officials have also found more sunken boats than they expected.

The Department of Natural Resources had found 16 boats in an initial review after the storm. Eleven more vessels have been found since then.

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Information from: The Island Packet, https://www.islandpacket.com

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