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Army Corps proposes lifting 341 structures along coast

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has proposed a nearly $60 million plan to lift up 341 private structures along four Rhode Island coastal towns in an attempt to reduce potential damage from flooding caused by storm surges.

The plan would cover homes and some businesses around barrier beaches and salt ponds along 28 miles of shoreline in Westerly, Charlestown, South Kingstown and Narragansett.

The plan is the result of a federally-funded study launched in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. The study considered several options to enhance protection along the Washington County shore, which sustained damage during the 2012 storm.

Officials say federal funding would pay for 65 percent of the project and the state would determine how to cover the remaining cost.

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