Hilton Head Island homes still at risk after hurricane

Boats on Hilton Head Island (Megan Macdonell)
Boats on Hilton Head Island (Megan Macdonell)

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) – South Beach homes on Hilton Head Island remain at high risk for future storm damage after Hurricane Matthew.

Hilton Head Island director of public projects Scott Liggett says the homes remain at risk until a beach renourishment project can be completed.

The Island Packet of Hilton Head reports that the hurricane plowed through dunes and washed away sand, soil and vegetation along the 8,000-foot stretch of coast.

Liggett says a renourishment project could help replace an estimated 100,000 cubic yards of sand lost from the storm.

The town is now waiting to see if contractor Weeks Marine Inc. will stay to fix storm damage on the beach or move on to another project. The contractor is currently working on an island-wide renourisment project that started before the hurricane.

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