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Corps responds to City of Virginia Beach’s request for emergency dredging of Rudee Inlet

Norfolk District
Published Nov. 9, 2012
The Corps Dredge Currituck performs dredging operations in Virginia Beach's Rudee Inlet in 2005. The Currituck is a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers hopper dredge that performs maintenance dredging up and down the East Coast. (U.S. Army Photo/Patrick Bloodgood)

The Corps Dredge Currituck performs dredging operations in Virginia Beach's Rudee Inlet in 2005. The Currituck is a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers hopper dredge that performs maintenance dredging up and down the East Coast. (U.S. Army Photo/Patrick Bloodgood)

NORFOLK – In the wake of tropical storm Sandy, the city of Virginia Beach has requested the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to conduct an emergency dredge of Rudee Inlet.

The federal navigation channel shoaled significantly as a result of the storm, impeding navigation. 

The Norfolk District team responded and sought the assistance of the Wilmington District in North Carolina, to use their side-cast dredge Merritt. The dredge will remove an estimated 9,000 cubic yards of sand and place it adjacent to the Atlantic Ocean inlet.  The Merritt will be off the Virginia Beach coast for six, 12-hour days, beginning Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012.