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.