Slide presentation beaches and hurricanes: 1995 in the Eastern Caribbean Islands

Slide 41: Dune mining, Sturge Park, Montserrat, 1980s

Hurricane damage is often most severe where coastal systems have been impacted in the past.  For instance here at Sturge Park in Montserrat, the beach and dunes were extensively mined in the 1980s.



Slide 42: Loss of coastal land, Sturge Park, Montserrat, after Hurricane Hugo

After Hurricane Hugo in 1989, there was extensive damage at this site and even a couple of years after the hurricane, the low land behind the beach was still being eroded, the protective dunes having long disappeared.