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Crisfield Improvements Well Under Way at 'The Depot'

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CRISFIELD, Md.- It has been 10 months since Superstorm Sandy hit Delmarva, and many people in Somerset County are still try to recover. There are some very visible glimmers of hope as the city of Crisfield makes improvements.

Many in the community say those improvements were needed even before Sandy. Some projects were set to begin regardless, but the storm sped things up.

An old crab house that sat vacant for decades is now reduced to mounds of brick and dust. The demolition of the old Handy building marks the latest step in making improvements at "the depot" in Crisfield.

"We'll actually clean that out and it'll be a green space," explained city inspector Noah Bradshaw. "So when you come down, it just opens the view up and we have green space, which is wonderful, because now we have the ‘rain gardens,' as I call them. The water can actually go there."

The depot is considered a hub -- and a lifeline -- connecting the islands of the Bay, with three boats leaving daily, carrying people and mail. The docks were in need of repair anyway, but Hurricane Sandy helped push things along.

"It was good timing that we had planned to do this portion of it," said Bradshaw. "The storm came in and even sped up the process, because it completely finished it off."

Some Crisfield natives, like Cynthia Sterling, say they are happy to see the bulldozers and hard hats.

"They're helping people that were hurt by the storm but they needed help anyway," she said. "And the things they're going to do for the town, it's definitely an improvement."

A silver lining, to come from an otherwise devastating storm.

Superstorm Sandy also caused some damage to the pavilion at the docks. Bradshaw said it still has another six or seven years of life before that, too, will need repairs.

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