NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — There’s been a delay in a more-than $16 million project to deepen canals in North Myrtle Beach that have not been dredged in 60 years.

Media outlets report the project was to have started this fall, but has now been delayed until the fall of 2016.

The problem is that sand and silt from other dredging projects won’t be removed from a disposal basin in time to allow the dredging in the Cherry Grove neighborhood to begin this year.

The project will cost about 700 property owners $24,000 over 10 years. The man-made canals were created in the 1940s and 1950s and that’s the last time they were dredged.

Two years ago the Army Corps of Engineers issued a 10-year permit to allow the dredging.