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Corps: Part Of Oregon Inlet Too Shallow To Dredge

The Army Corps of Engineers says part of the Oregon Inlet is too shallow to dredge.

The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk reported (http://bit.ly/1jHwxVc ) the channel under the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge connecting Hatteras Island and the northern Outer Banks is only about 2 feet deep.

The corps issued a statement saying a side-casting dredge was unable to operate in that section of the inlet and the area will be left to the elements. A corps spokesman says there are no immediate plans to resume dredging.

The Coast Guard plans to broadcast safety information to alert sailors about the conditions.

The corps spent nearly $8 million last year to clear the inlet to depths of about 15 feet. The inlet has rapidly filled after repeated winter storms.

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