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South Florida Beaches Replenished After Hurricane Sandy Erosion

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Ft. Lauderdale Beach Flooding

Flood waters overtake parts of A1A in Fort Lauderdale due to Hurricane Sandy. (Source: Natalia Zea/CBS4)

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LAUDERDALE BY THE SEA (CBSMiami/AP) — While Hurricane Sandy did not make a direct hit on Florida in 2012, as the storm moved up the eastern U.S. coastline it left a trail of erosion behind.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it has replenished 5.1 miles of beaches in South Florida eroded by the storm.

The storm contributed to ocean swells that sent water crashing over beaches into roadways.

Officials said the sand replacement increases storm protection in Broward County between the Hillsboro Inlet and Lauderdale by the Sea. The project also helps restore shorebird and sea turtle habitat.

Starting in November, crews trucked 126,700 cubic yards of sand from a mine in Moore Haven. The project was completely funded under the federal Flood Control and Coastal Emergency program.

The corps is replenishing 38.5 miles of eroded beaches in Florida as part of the federal program.

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