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Portions of Captiva beaches affected by Debby

By Staff | Jul 13, 2012

Tropical Storm Debby left its mark on portions of Captiva’s beaches.

Areas of the island’s beaches saw severe erosion in the wake of the storm’s winds and heavy rain, which carried much of the sand out to sea.

“Some areas of the island fared better than others,” said Kathleen Rooker, administrator for Captiva Erosion Prevention District. “We were essentially concerned about the areas with large escarpments and those that appeared to have significant loss of sand volume.”

CEPD took pre-storm photos of the island’s beaches to provide documentation of any storm damage or loss. During the storm, CEPD worked for several hours to stabilize the shoreline. Rooker was joined by the Army Corps of Engineers assessment team June 30 to assess the beach along the entire island.

“There was a great collaboration between county agencies, including the Captiva Fire Control District, Lee County Department of Transportation, Lee County Emergency Operations and the CEPD,” noted Rooker.

Currently the Florida’s State Emergency Operations Center has returned to a partial activation in response to Tropical Storm Debby and the related flooding. As of July 9, there have been 20 counties approved to receive public assistance and three additional counties were approved for individual assistance none of which include Lee County.

More information on Captiva’s beach erosion due to the storm was discussed during the July 11 CEPD meeting. See the July 20 edition of the Islander/Current for details from the meeting.