The 3-mile long Accomack County island sits in the Chesapeake Bay not far from Maryland waters and it has been threatened by erosion and storm surges for years. The island can only be reached by aircraft and boat, making the harbor a critical lifeline. The 430-foot-long seawall and 50-foot spur jetty is intended to protect the harbor from waves as well as damage caused by sheets of ice that are pushed into the inner channel and harbor.
“As Hurricane Sandy demonstrated all too clearly, it is critically important to protect the harbor with this barrier to clouding and coastal erosion. Also, this project will enable us, at the same time, to continue to preserve a culturally significant way of life that has changed little over centuries,” Va. Gov. Bob McDonnell said in a statement.
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