South Florida Beaches Eroded by Hurricane Sandy Replenished

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it has replenished 5.1 miles of beaches in South Florida eroded by Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

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    MIAMI, FL - OCTOBER 24: Stephanie Bilyeu walks along the ocean as blustery winds blow through the palm trees as the outerbands of Hurricane Sandy are felt on October 24, 2012 in Miami, Florida. After passing over Jamaica, Sandy is expected to hit eastern Cuba on Wednesday night and into the Bahamas Thursday and Friday, a tropcial storm warning was issued for east coast of Florida from Ocean Reef to Sebasian Inlet and a tropical storm watch was extended along the east coast to Flagler Beach. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it has replenished 5.1 miles of beaches in South Florida eroded by Hurricane Sandy in 2012.
     
    Sandy didn't make landfall in Florida, but the storm contributed to ocean swells that sent water crashing over beaches into roadways.

      Officials say the sand replacement increases storm protection in Broward County between the Hillsboro Inlet and Lauderdale by the Sea. The project also helps restore shorebird and sea turtle habitat. 
     
    Starting in November, crews trucked 126,700 cubic yards of sand from a mine in Moore Haven. The project was completely funded under the federal Flood Control and Coastal Emergency program.
     
    The corps is replenishing 38.5 miles of eroded beaches in Florida as part of the federal program.