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Plans for Prime Hook Refuge Moving Forward


PRIME HOOK, Del.- For years, the people who live near Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge have been demanding action.

"We've been talking to Fish and Wildlife for five or six years now," said resident Richard Rogers. "And finally they're getting their act together, it looks like."

With some financial help from the federal government, nearly $40 million, the beaches and dunes at the wildlife refuge will be replenished.

"The first phase which include pumping a tremendous amount of sand will probably take 6 months at least," said Al Rizzo with Coastal Delaware National Wildlife Refuge.

The work won't start for about a year, officials are currently working with the Army Corps of Engineers and will be putting out contracts to bid. When the work is completed, the roads leading to the Prime Hook community may not flood as much.

"If we can reduce the volume of water coming into the system then the road flooding should diminish, whether we'll ever stop completely we'll never be sure," Rizzo said.

Neighbors say any improvement will help.

"We get the flooding on our end and it also goes down to Broadkill, this is something that's gonna resolve a problem for a lot of people," Charlie Peters said.

The dune and beach replenishment at the Prime Hook Wildlife Refuge is expected to be completed in 2015.

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