Hancock County Beaches Sustain Beating From Matthew - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

10/11/04

Hancock County Beaches Sustain Beating From Matthew

Beaches in Hancock County also took a pounding from Matthew.

Civil Defense leaders say it's too early to know just how much damage was done but they're certain it will be significant.

The tropical power of Matthew pushed water over the seawall and onto many areas of Beach Boulevard.

Several drivers also refused to let the waves action stop them from getting where they had to go, while others found their cars proved to be no match for Matthew.

"There's about two and a half feet of water coming over the seawall my car don't weigh that much we wanted to go a little further down. There's a road down there to get back home but not a good Idea we decided to turn around and come back," Louisiana resident Raymond Sweat said.

Mother natures work turned into a show for many residents as curiosity seekers flooded the beach.

"Looks like we got more water off of this storm then we did Ivan . So it's kind of rough out here," Hancock County resident Ricky Marquar said.

Matthew's strong winds also rearranged beach furniture, blew trash cans into the road, and took out a number of the sand screens on the beach, put there to keep the sand in place.

A lot of that sand ended up on the other side of Beach Boulevard, in front of homes and in many cases blocking driveways.

"It makes it difficult to drive into your driveway to pull in the front end of your car starts to shift over to the left I almost hit that pole," Homeowner Gregory Mutter said.

"Anytime you get any type of heavy wave action like that you've got to expect to see damage and erosion to your beach. That's a given," Civil Defense Director Brian Adam said.

Adam says the extent of the damage won't be known until the water recedes and engineers can get a clear picture of the damage done.

"I'm sure there's going to be some significant erosion problems that we're going to have to deal with," Adam said.

By: Al Showers

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