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Comprehensive Plan for Prime Hook Wildlife Refuge

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PRIME HOOK, Del.- There may not be many people on Prime Hook in the wintertime, but the signs dotting the road stating, "Fix the breaches, stop the flooding" send a definite message.

"The breaches are a priority, they need to be done," said resident Judy Baines. "There's no question about that."

In a plan issued by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Friday, breach repair and marsh restoration could be on the way.

Judy Baines has lived at Prime Hook for 11 years and says help cannot come soon enough.

"We're really at a disadvantage getting to work, getting to doctors appointments and shopping, anything," she said.

As the years have gone on, residents say Prime Hook Road has become more prone to flooding and now they fear for their safety.

"Now we're wondering, how in the heck can I get out of here," Bobbie McShane said. "If I had to be rushed to the hospital what would I do, there's nothing we can do,"

Some who expected to retire in the quiet community are upset more hasn't been done sooner.

"I'm bitter," McShane said. "I'm a little bitter because to me they're just playing around."

Judy Baines says she and her husband have made a significant financial investment to live on Prime Hook and would like to see the Federal government do the same.

"If it would come to a point where we'd be forced to leave, we'd never ever get back what we put into this," she said.

Public comment will be accepted for the next 30 days, before an official decision is made for Prime Hook.

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