$400,000 to the Carolinas to gauge offshore sand

A file image of the beach in Myrtle Beach during Hurricane Sandy

CHARLESTON, S.C. -- In the wake of Superstorm Sandy, the Carolinas are getting a total of $400,000 to evaluate what sand lies offshore in federal waters that could be used to rebuild beaches and the coast if another severe storm hits.

The funds from the federal Bureau of Ocean and Energy Management are part of money going to all Eastern Seaboard states for similar work after the destructive October 2012 storm.

The first part of the work involves gathering existing data from diverse sources on what deposits may exist in federal waters three miles or more offshore.

In South Carolina, the federal agency has signed an agreement to work with the state Department of Natural Resources. In North Carolina, the two-year agreement is with researchers at East Carolina University.