Hurricane Sandy badly eroded the beaches on Elbow Cay, particularly to the north and south of the Hope Town settlement. Concerned residents and businesses have contracted with Big Cat Equipment in Marsh Harbour to restore the dune profile.
A proven technique used after Hurricane Floyd was to use the naturally accumulated sand found at low-tide. Between tides a small tractor pushes this sand back onto the damaged dune. Affected homeowners and businesses contribute for the work.
Some residents there feel that this restoration work should be a continual process throughout the year and not wait for remedial action to be taken. However, that would require government support as the work would have to include the entire coastal beach area.
Several storms have threatened the road on the dune that connects residents south of White Sound to the Hope Town settlement. Several times damage has reduced the road to one-lane traffic as the erosion came right to the road’s edge.
Photo – A Big Cat bulldozer pushes sand at low tide in front of the Hope Town Harbour Lodge. The work progresses between tides up and down the island to the various damaged dune areas.