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Del. Pushes for Money from Feds for Prime Hook

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PRIME HOOK, Del.- Delaware Gov. Jack Markell is requesting $20 million in emergency aid for repairs and damages done to Prime Hook after Superstorm Sandy.

With word the governor wants to close the breaches and make repairs to the area, many who live there remain skeptical.

"There will be no happiness and joy until we see the breaches repaired," said Rick Allen of Prime Hook Beach. "All the talk in the world about we may get $20 million for repairing the breaches, is just talk until we actually see the work done." 

Signs are popping up throughout Prime Hook to get the ball moving behind local law makers. The signs read, "Fix the Breaches, Stop the Flooding."

"They're an outgrowth fundamentally of all the frustrations and exasperations that the people live here were expressing," said Richard Rogers of Prime Hook. 

The signs are posted in yards that were flooded on the marsh side and bay beach side. Past storms wiped out the dune line and breaches.  The water level on the marsh side is higher now too and the state is requesting $20 million to finally fix this. 

"If we get the money, I think it'll be very significant," said Markell said. "I'm hopeful, but again, so much of this is in the responsibility of the federal government we're doing everything we can. We'll keep pushing but we just don't know yet."

The money is not set in stone. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Comprehensive Conservation should be done by the end of the year. State officials are also hiring someone to create a short-term plan at Prime Hook. 

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