WASHINGTON, D.C.— Congressman Tom Rice (SC-07) today announced funding secured for the Myrtle Beach Shore Protection Project. The Army Corps of Engineers provided $16 million to replace sand, which was eroded as a result of flooding from Hurricane Joaquin.

“The Myrtle Beach Shore Protection Project was not scheduled to receive the next round of renourishment until 2018,” said Congressman Rice. “However, as a result of the storms in October, the beach suffered significant erosion and is in need of renourishment. My team and I worked tirelessly to move the timetable forward. We worked with the Army Corps to expedite the assessment of the damages and required reviews to ensure we met the Army Corps’ deadline today.

“While these funds will not replace all eroded sand, this funding shows a commitment to the project, and we expect and will continue to fight for additional investment in the future.

“I thank my colleagues in the House Appropriations Committee, who worked with us to ensure the Army Corps received resources in the Appropriations Act to fund this project,” Rice concluded.