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Dunes protecting Pawleys Island washed away by Hurricane Matthew

Dunes washed away by Hurricane Matthew. (Source: Debi Chard/Live 5 News) Dunes washed away by Hurricane Matthew. (Source: Debi Chard/Live 5 News)
Street on Pawleys Island by Debi Chard Street on Pawleys Island by Debi Chard
Half the beach access ramp is almost under the home named Last Resort near parking lot on S Pawley. (Pic: Debi Chard) Half the beach access ramp is almost under the home named Last Resort near parking lot on S Pawley. (Pic: Debi Chard)
Another load of sand off the road as the National Guard clears the way. (Source: Debi Chard) Another load of sand off the road as the National Guard clears the way. (Source: Debi Chard)
GEORGETOWN COUNTY, SC (WCSC) -

Officials on Pawleys Island say dunes that once protected the island have been washed away by Hurricane Matthew. 

According to town officials, Matthew produced major damage to the dunes where homes are still standing, but now the Atlantic is lapping at the steps of the homes. 

"Basically the main frontal dune for 2/3 of the island is no more," Mayor Bill Otis said. 

A few people were back on Pawleys Island on Tuesday to check their homes. 

However there were some problems getting on the island. 

The south causeway to the island was closed sending people to the north causeway to show proof of residency. 

When residents returned they found their neighborhood changed. 

The National Guard cleared two to four feet of sand that was washed from the beach on to the street. 

"It could've been much worse," said one National Guardsman."I think there will be some level of disappointment that it wasn't as pretty as it was. But I think there will be some relief." 

While the National Guard, clean up crews and homeowners will have plenty of work ahead, the focus now is on the Black River on the other side of Georgetown County. 

During the hurricane the Midway Fire Department had their hands full with a fire on the northern part of the island and two condos in Litchfield. 

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