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Prime Hook to Receive Repairs


PRIME HOOK, Del.-  The U.S. Fish and Wildlife service has received $68.2 million in Hurricane Sandy relief aid to make repairs at 25 wildlife refuges along the east coast.  The Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge is among the locations to be repaired.

On days like Friday when the rain is heavy and steady, Prime Hook Road, the only road into the community can flood and even become impassable.

"It's dangerous and you have to go slow.  You have to dodge the deep spots on the road and you have to plan ahead.  You don't want to get stuck out here," said Scott Walker of Prime Hook.

Breaches in the dunes at Prime Hook are the cause of the flooding problem.  A problem that only intensified when Hurricane Sandy came up the coast in late October.  Now months later, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has received money to make repairs at Prime Hook.

"We're glad to hear that something may get done but the track record of fish and wildlife and how they spend and allocate money is not good," said Richard Rogers of Prime Hook.

Rogers said Prime Hook residents have been calling for repairs to these breaches for years.  Fish and Wildlife plan to rebuild a low dune that was destroyed by the hurricane.  Rogers said that may not be enough.

"I'm not sure just dumping sand on top of the breaches will fix the breaches."

The 68 million dollars will be spread out at 25 different wildlife refuge locations and the amount of money that will be used in Prime Hook is still uncertain. 

Scott Walker of Prime Hook hopes it is just enough to end the constant frustration caused by the flooding.

"The problem is the breach and once they've got that secured, they do have flood gates at the north and the south of this road to control the tides.  So, I can see how it is an easy problem to fix, it only needs money."

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