Lower Saxony and Bremen
Piles of sand started at Wangerooge beach
Wangerooge (dpa/lni) – After the loss of large amounts of sand due to past storm surges on Wangerooge beach, restoration work has begun on the island. Dump trucks have been hauling sand from a reservoir in the east of the island several kilometers away to the beach since Tuesday and dumping it there. Various construction machines, including a bulldozer and a caterpillar, were brought to the East Frisian Island for the job. According to the island community, around 75,000 cubic meters of sand are needed to rebuild the bathing beach.
A large part of the bathing beach should be rehabilitated for Easter. Then the first holiday guests of the season are expected. Among other things, due to the increase in the price of diesel, the island community expects significant additional costs. According to initial estimates, the measure will cost around 500,000 euros, approximately twice as much as the previous landfill in 2020.
Severe winter storms with strong storm surges had at times added to many East Frisian islands and sometimes removed large amounts of sand. This Wednesday, Lower Saxony’s Prime Minister Stephan Weil and Environment Minister Olaf Lies (both SPD) want to get an idea of the damage in Wangerooge and Langeoog.