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Pawleys Island still working to repair damage 2 months after Hurricane Ian

Besides the island’s pier, some private docks on Pawleys Island also were destroyed by Hurricane Ian.

Posted on December 14, 2022

More than two months after Hurricane Ian swept along the South Carolina coast, the beach of the tiny Georgetown County tourist island has been cleared of the remains of Pawleys Island Pier, but plenty of storm-related work is still to be done.

The town has already removed enough debris from the beach to fill about 70 garbage trucks but still needs to clean Pawleys Creek, littered with damaged docks, and replace a sizable amount of sand fencing washed away in the Category 1 storm.

Town Administrator Daniel Newquist said he doesn’t know yet how much Pawleys Island will request from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for the island’s recovery from Hurricane Ian. He said the town has spent $69,000 on sand dune repair and beach cleanup, for which it should be eligible for 75 percent reimbursement from the federal relief money.


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