Tuesday, January 17, 2012

The Sea Giveth, and the Sea Taketh Away

During Hurricane Irene, the waves were so high that it started washing away the road to White Sound. This road has always been rather precarious on top of the sand dune, but now it has become dangerous travelling to and from the south end of Elbow Cay.

In these pictures, the ocean was at a normal high tide level, so you can imagine what would happen in any kind of storm or rage conditions that were experienced last year. The road is now undermined, so chunks of blacktop keep falling away.

This small bulldozer is moving sand around on the beach in an attempt to build up the dune again.

Further south, the road completely washed out in White Sound in Hurricane Floyd in 1999. The island was breached when the ocean flowed into the sound, separating Elbow Cay into two different islands. The dune was filled in to reconnect the island, but once again breached during Irene.

So, will these repairs be successful? Your guess is as good as mine.

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