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Late September’s Hurricane Ian destroyed many of Folly Beach’s erosion defenses and ravaged the already damaged coastline. Nicole Elko, president of Elko Coastal Consulting, said Folly Beach could hardly withstand more erosion from another storm.

“A large concern in that request is the lack of storm protection and flood mitigation in place to buffer from another hurricane,” Elko told WCSC. “Folly Beach has little to no capacity to withstand additional erosion from another storm. Fortunately, the dune system is robust along most of the island and that will help protect the upland infrastructure.”

And though Nicole has been downgraded to a tropical depression, Folly Beach still faces massive coastal erosion from heavy winds and high waves. Effects from Nicole were seen Thursday with high tides of nearly nine feet, completely covering parts of the beach at certain points of the day. 

“So now we’re going to be looking at lots of areas on the beach where, anywhere it’s not low tide, you won’t have any beach to hang out on,” added Eric Lutz, Folly Beach’s director of public works. 

Elko said the city is in the process of federal emergency rehabilitation from Ian and city officials hope to have new sand on the beach by 2024. 

Meanwhile, other coastal cities like Myrtle Beach and Hilton Head Island faced up to six-foot waves from Nicole, further damaging coastlines. 

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