OXNARD (CBSLA.com/AP) — For one Ventura County beach city, every grain of sand counts.

KNX 1070’s Bill Polish reports Port Hueneme is starved for sand because Congress has not allocated enough money to help repair the city’s badly eroded beaches.

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The city, home to a naval base and about 20,000 residents, is supposed to receive extra sand every two years through nearby dredging by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, according to the Associated Press.

But the most recent dredging wasn’t done because of federal budget restraints, and now city officials warn the erosion problem is so bad that the ocean comes right up to a street on the west end of town.

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On Wednesday, a four-pound bag of sand arrived at City Hall from Stockholm, Sweden, sent by a family who recently visited Port Hueneme.

“They sent us the sand as a token, number one, of their appreciation for the visit and encounters with our city officials, and more importantly, to highlight our plight with the federal government to discharge its responsibility,” said Mayor Ellis Green.

The donation, however, is unlikely to significantly curb sand erosion in Port Hueneme, which Green said is now at a “critical stage.”

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