The plan to recover the bulldozer and dump truck from the attempted closure of the Kiawah River is being evaluated by the contractor, R.E. Goodson per Steve Hirsch from SIPOA. An article in the Post and Courier this morning offered a little more information. Here are some exerpts:
“No sooner than the sand berm went up to stop the Kiawah River, it came down. Now a bulldozer and a dump truck lie in the inlet off embattled Capt. Sam’s Spit.
The berm is designed to block the river where it empties into the ocean. It’s part of a recutting of the inlet by R.E. Goodson out of Darlington for the property owners association of neighboring Seabrook Island. It collapsed on Thursday to a surging tide a half-foot above normal. “The tide came in higher than they expected and it washed out,” U.S. Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Chris Ruleman said Friday.
An environmental cleanup company has been hired by Goodson to remove fuel, hydraulic fluid and other pollutants. Ruleman couldn’t say when the equipment might be able to be moved. “We’re continuing to investigate and keep an eye on it. We haven’t seen any sign of (oil product) sheening on the water so far,” Ruleman said. S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control staff also were on the scene Friday, a spokeswoman said.
A mariner’s warning is being broadcast because the equipment is too far under to be easily seen at high tide. Seabrook Island Town Administrator Randy Pierce said he drove out Friday morning and couldn’t see anything.”
Patricia Schaefer sent us these pictures from the scene today. The person in the photos is supposedly an engineer from R.E. Goodson.
Submitted by Tidelines Staff