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Homeowners on Bowers Beach Prep for Hurricane Sandy


BOWERS BEACH, Del.- Bob McDevitt says he loves living on Bowers Beach, but with news of Hurricane Sandy coming ashore in a matter of days, he is getting prepared.

"Sometime Sunday morning I'll be boarding up the front windows," McDevitt said.

Roberta Russo of JP's Wharf said workers have already started securing boats and removing items from their deck. She said the one thing that is hard to escape is flooding.

"If it gets flooded...the mud is the big part. Once the storm's over and you start cleaning up, it's the mud. It's just nasty," said Russo.

The waters along Bowers Beach were calm on Friday, but in just a few days, people who live in town say they are expecting the worst.  

"You just don't know what's going to come after us. You can never tell. Mother Nature is going to give it to us, whether we're ready or not," said Chief Phillip Pennington of the Bowers Volunteer Fire Company.

Pennington said the fire company is ready to go if needed.

"Several firefighters in the station are making sure that all of our pumps, generators, and chainsaws are full of fuel and that they're operable," he said.

Sherry Fistere of Bayview Restaurant said she hopes this storm is not a repeat of what happened in 2008.

"The water was right up to here," she said pointing to a black line halfway up a wooded bar inside her restaurant.

"It (the water) was at the top of the window outside. Everything was underwater here, but we didn't know it was coming. That's what was so devastating. Now that we know Sandy is coming we're going to be ready," Fistere said.

So is McDevitt, even if it means getting out of town. 

"We love it here and we're going to get a week or two of bad  weather, but the other 50 weeks is OK. And if we have to leave, we'll leave," McDevitt said.

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