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County Engineer Faith Alkhatib walks by a mound of sand brought to the end of Mala Compra Road to prevent the kind of flooding that occurred after Hurricane Matthew in 2016.

Faith in the dunes: a tour of Flagler County's sand after Hurricane Dorian

Wednesday, Sep. 4, 2019 |

County Engineer Faith Alkhatib walks by a mound of sand brought to the end of Mala Compra Road to prevent the kind of flooding that occurred after Hurricane Matthew in 2016.

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Faith Alkhatib, county engineer

Wednesday, Sep. 4, 2019 |

Faith Alkhatib, county engineer

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Hurricane Dorian didn't hit Flagler County hard — thanks to the dunes.

Wednesday, Sep. 4, 2019 |

Hurricane Dorian didn't hit Flagler County hard — thanks to the dunes.

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Faith Alkhatib pushes away the top layer of coquina sand to show the white sand, which was added by the county to renourish dunes in the past year. Future sand to renourish dunes will also be white, dredged 7 miles from shore.

Wednesday, Sep. 4, 2019 |

Faith Alkhatib pushes away the top layer of coquina sand to show the white sand, which was added by the county to renourish dunes in the past year. Future sand to renourish dunes will also be white, dredged 7 miles from shore.

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This dune vegetation was planted eight months ago and appears to be thriving. A web of roots underneath the grasses help to prevent erosion.

Wednesday, Sep. 4, 2019 |

This dune vegetation was planted eight months ago and appears to be thriving. A web of roots underneath the grasses help to prevent erosion.

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Richard Gordon, Faith Alkhatib and Julie Murphy

Wednesday, Sep. 4, 2019 |

Richard Gordon, Faith Alkhatib and Julie Murphy

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County Engineer Faith Alkhatib follows Julie Murphy, public information officer, and Richard Gordon, assistant county engineer.

Wednesday, Sep. 4, 2019 |

County Engineer Faith Alkhatib follows Julie Murphy, public information officer, and Richard Gordon, assistant county engineer.

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Faith Alkhatib

Wednesday, Sep. 4, 2019 |

Faith Alkhatib

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The white sand in the distance is part of a dune formed by Flagler County staff. The owner of the lot in the foreground declined to have the dune extended to his property, possibly to avoid covering up the rock formations.

Wednesday, Sep. 4, 2019 |

The white sand in the distance is part of a dune formed by Flagler County staff. The owner of the lot in the foreground declined to have the dune extended to his property, possibly to avoid covering up the rock formations.

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The dune on the seawall near 18th Road North was carved up by Hurricane Dorian, leaving a 10-foot drop where there was once a 20-foot slope.

Wednesday, Sep. 4, 2019 |

The dune on the seawall near 18th Road North was carved up by Hurricane Dorian, leaving a 10-foot drop where there was once a 20-foot slope.

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This vegetation was planted to help stop erosion on the Florida Department of Transportation's seawall, which is underneath a dune formed by 85,000 tons of sand that were hauled in by truck.

Wednesday, Sep. 4, 2019 |

This vegetation was planted to help stop erosion on the Florida Department of Transportation's seawall, which is underneath a dune formed by 85,000 tons of sand that were hauled in by truck.

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