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Written by Richard Salit, The Providence Journal   
Friday, 02 September 2011
Maureen McInerney and son Aidan, 8, walk along Green Hill Beach in South Kingstown, where Tropical Storm Irene has eroded more than seven feet of the bank behind the beach.

At Charlestown Breachway on Wednesday morning, a car full of visitors got stuck in sand that Tropical Storm Irene scooped up and dumped in the state beach parking lot.

In Matunuck, the owner of Tara’s Joyce Family Pub stood on her raised oceanfront deck, lamenting the loss of a wooden bench below and telling visitors that a staircase down to the beach was not safe to use.

“It just becomes a problem when you want to draw a line in the sand,” said Oakley, referring to houses and roads.

Meanwhile, mile after mile of the state’s southern beaches were littered with rocks and pebbles left behind by the large powerful waves that rode atop Irene’s 3-foot storm surge.

Still, property owners, state beach officials and coastal geologists breathed a collective sigh of relief three days after Rhode Island had braced for the worst. Irene, while taking a vigorous chomp out of beaches from Matunuck to Misquamicut, spared the coastline her full bite.

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