WESTERLY, R.I. (WPRI) -- After a lot of rebuilding and repair -- in recovery from Superstorm Sandy -- South County's state beaches are ready to open this weekend, say state parks officials.
Sandy caused massive damage, covering some areas in debris -- and tearing apart buildings and structures. The winds also caused major shifts to many dunes, throwing the sand everywhere. "To see what the places look like today, compared to what they looked like in October... It's incredible," said Thomas Mitchell, the superintendent of Rhode Island's State Parks and Beaches.
Crews have been working tirelessly the past six months to restore the beaches, he said.
"They're places people can go. Families can enjoy memories. And we're just glad we can give the people the opportunity to go there again."
Some minor renovations still need to be done, but the deadline for those is Memorial Day, when the beaches will be open daily.
The cash and person-power it took for restoration is worth it -- because the state benefits from keeping its beaches beautiful, he said. "The communities benefit from it. So, it's extremely important for the economy of the state of Rhode Island... and the money that comes into the state... that the facilities were up and running in time."
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