WESTERLY, R.I. (WPRI) - In an effort to curb beach erosion in Misquamicut, volunteers worked to install fencing along the waterfront Sunday.
Superstorm Sandy wreaked havoc on the sand dunes in the area and it took a long time to restore them; the hope is that the fencing will help keep it in place through severe weather in the future.
"This area was devastated," said resident Jim Kirker. "We were level with the ocean. None of these dunes as you see them now existed."
Eventually the sand the was swept off the beaches was piled up nearby, sifted, and replaced, but the installation of the flexible wooden fencing should prevent it from blowing away in the first place. Serve Rhode Island volunteers started the project last weekend and expected to finish up Sunday.
"What the snow fencing does is when the sand blows during the winter, it strikes against the snow fence, will accumulate and build up," Kirker said. "For weeks you could go without an inch of buildup and then you come out one morning and there's a foot and a half of buildup."
Residents also imported some beach grass and planted it after Sandy in the hopes that it would help keep the sand in place. With the grass and fencing in place, residents expect to weather Nor'easters through the winter without any significant erosion.
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