While Tropical Storm Debby was not a particularly violent storm, because it was such a slow moving storm it did significant damage to the beaches of Pinellas county. On July 3rd FEMA declared Debby a major disaster, and began opening Disaster Recovery Centers last week in Pinellas and surrounding counties. The agency will be in Madeira Beach today assessing the situation with beach erosion in the area.
The following video show Tropical Storm Debby in action in Redington Beach over three days:
In this photo looking south from La Contessa condo you can see the affects of beach erosion in Redington Beach. Before the storm the beach extended well past the two people standing in the water, even at high tide. Now at high tide the water comes up to the umbrella in the lower right-hand corner of the image:
This image looks north toward North Redington Beach:
Is is reported that most of the sand washed out by the storm was deposited not far off shore in the Gulf. Early estimates put the cost of replacing sand between Clearwater Beach and St Pete Beach in the $15 million to $20 millon range. Redington Beach is lucky since most of their sand washes in from the north and south, so it's only a matter of time before the the beach is replenished naturally.
Our beaches are as beautiful as ever, just not quite as deep in some places as they were before the storm. This happens to all beaches from time to time, and with a little effort and a little help from mother nature we'll be back to normal in no time...