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Workers in late September take beach sand from the edge of Breach Inlet on the Isle of Palms to build dunes next to beach front homes. The Federal Emergency Management Agency awarded $1.3 million to the city to help with beach renourishment in the wake of Tropical Storm Irma. File/Brad Nettles/Staff

The sand that Tropical Storm Irma washed away from Isle of Palms has been restored, and the federal government just kicked in $1.3 million to help foot the bill.

The city had been working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency since the storm struck late last year, and the city hoped to save money by piggybacking off of earlier renourishment work. 

"If you had to do it as a standalone project, it would have been quite a bit more expensive," said City Administrator Linda Tucker.

FEMA announced Monday that it is awarding $1.3 million as the federal share of the project’s total cost of $1.73 million. The remainder came from the city, property owners and other sources.

The project put 281,000 cubic yards of sand on the eastern end of the island.

"The section of beach that was worked on — 56th Avenue to Dewees Inlet — is in wonderful shape," Tucker said. "It's wide, sandy and stable, all of the things that you want a beach to be."

The project followed work earlier this year that dredged and pumped more than 1 million cubic yards of sand ashore. That cost more than $11 million. 

It was considered maintenance of an erosion control project that began in 2008. It also repaired beach damage from Hurricane Matthew in October 2016.

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