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Beaufort County to remove storm-damaged boats

HILTON HEAD ISLAND (AP) Beaufort County officials are preparing to remove from its waterways dozens of boats and docks damaged by Hurricane Matthew.

The debris removal was delayed because of a dispute with state officials on who was responsible for the cleanup.

Beaufort County officials say it could cost more than $5 million to remove the boats and docks. They expect the Federal Emergency Management Agency to reimburse the county for much of the cost.

County officials had questioned whether the state was responsible but an opinion from the South Carolina attorney general’s office said the cost is up to the county.

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