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Harvey and Irma damage could impact Surfside Beach Pier

Surfside Beach Pier (WPDE)

The Grand Strand avoided the worst damage from Tropical Storm Irma but that could bring a new hurdle for the Surfside Beach Pier rebuilding process.

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have depleted FEMA's Disaster Relief Fund, lowering some projects left over from Hurricane Matthew on the priority list.

"Although FEMA has implemented Immediate Needs Funding (INF) guidance due to the effects of Hurricane Harvey and a low balance in the Disaster Relief Fund (DRF), this should only mean a delay of obligation, not a reversal of eligibility," Town Administrator Micki Fellner's report reads.

Fellner told ABC15 that any impacts to the project are unlikely as there's a good chance the funds will become available before construction crews need them.

Her report was a reassurance for Town Councilwoman Julie Samples who was afraid that the more recent hurricanes would mean the pier project wouldn't receive all of its expected funding.

"The pier being re-built is imperative. It is an iconic pier for the town of Surfside Beach and we are excited and anxious to have it put back," Samples said.

Fellner told the council members that Council will likely decide on the design of the pier next month after which the engineering and planning process can be finished.

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