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Martin County in state of emergency

By Brian Entin

MARTIN COUNTY, FL (WFLX) - A state of emergency is still in effect Wednesday in Martin County where crews continue their fight against beach erosion, which was only made worse by high tide earlier Wednesday.

The 1,000-foot-long fishing piers in Juno Beach and Lake Worth remain closed as high waves batter the coast.

The tide is starting to recede and the waves were not nearly as strong Wednesday morning as they were 24 hours ago.

Still, the surf came well under some of the homes on Hutchinson Island, stopping just short of the road.

At noon, work continued at Bathtub Beach where county crews brought more man power on Wednesday to strengthen the dune that protects the road and parking lot.

Bathtub Beach will stay closed until at least next week but engineers are optimistic.

“Things are going pretty well. We've been trucking sand in all day. The high tide didn't come up as high as yesterday, so that is good. The waves aren't quite as big, so we are gaining on the problems we had yesterday,” said Kathy Fitzpatrick, Martin County coastal engineer.

While the beach is closed, a lot of onlookers are still coming out to check out the erosion. The county engineer said they hope to be finished moving sand by the end of the week.

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