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Mass. Residents Get OK for Beach Scraping

NEWBURYPORT, Mass. (AP) — Lawmakers say the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has given additional Plum Island residents the green light to conduct beach scraping to help protect their homes as a powerful storm moves up the coast.

Several homes in the area near Newburyport have been threatened by beach erosion in recent years and could be washed out to sea by a direct hit from a storm.

Democratic U.S. Rep. John Tierney and Republican state Sen. Bruce Tarr said Friday that the corps has agreed to allow immediate scraping by a handful of beachfront homeowners on Plum Island that had not previously been permitted.

The procedure allows for sand to be moved from the lower part of the beach to sand dunes to slow erosion and protect homes.