Coastal Developments Create Debate Over Flooding, Environment - WBOC-TV 16, Delmarvas News Leader, FOX 21 -

Coastal Developments Create Debate Over Flooding, Environment

Posted:

Indian River Inlet, Del. - There is growing debate over the developments that are forming along the coasts of Sussex County, but perhaps some of the most concern is arising over the building next to estuaries that sit by the Indian River Inlet. The beautiful scenery brings a lot of people to the water to establish homes, but in doing so they put themselves in major flooding risk.

To explain the threats, WBOC spoke with Chris Bason from the Center for Inland Bays. He said this trend is growing every year.

"We've had explosive population growth," he said. "We've had a lot of residential, commercial development. And a lot of that development has been centered on the shorelines of the bay."

One of the people who live along these coastlines is Buddy Robinson. He was out fishing at the inlet Monday afternoon. He said, he has always loved the waterways in the area.

"I grew up here on the water," he said. "My folks had a place here, fished here. I inherited wanting to fish here."

Robinson lives in Ocean View, and said he has seen the expansion firsthand. He said many new developments have emerged over the many years he has lived in Sussex County.

Bason said this growing population creates a duo of problems. The first issue is that more people are now susceptible to flooding, as the sea levels continue to rise. The latter is that shorelines are covered up or destroyed in order to protect the homes, something which can harm animals dependent on this land.

Robinson said he remembers the storm of 1962 that caused severe damage to the entire area, and so he said he is well aware of the risks. However, he said it would take more than that to make him leave his beloved home. 

"It's a great place to live," he said. "It really is. So you take the risk. It's worth it."

  • Delmarvawide NewsDelmarvawide NewsMore>>

  • Robbery Victim Struck by Machete

    Robbery Victim Struck by Machete

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 1:32 PM EDT2014-04-23 17:32:05 GMT
    NEW CASTLE, Del. - Police are investigating a robbery that ended with the victim being struck by a machete.More
    Police in northern Delaware are investigating a robbery that ended with the victim being struck by a machete. More
  • Wellness Programs Grow More Popular With Employers

    Wellness Programs Grow More Popular With Employers

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 1:00 PM EDT2014-04-23 17:00:57 GMT
    That little voice nagging you to put down the cake and lace up the running shoes is increasingly coming from your employer and is likely to grow louder with a looming change under the federal health care overhaul.More
    That little voice nagging you to put down the cake and lace up the running shoes is increasingly coming from your employer and is likely to grow louder with a looming change under the federal health care overhaul.More
  • Demolitions Training Planned at Dover Air Force Base

    Demolitions Training Planned at Dover Air Force Base

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 11:39 AM EDT2014-04-23 15:39:05 GMT
    Demolitions training will be conducted for several hours Thursday at Dover Air Force Base. Officials said that as a result of this training, some residents may hear more noise than usual coming from the base's training range and may experience possible ground shaking.More
    Demolitions training will be conducted for several hours Thursday at Dover Air Force Base. Officials said that as a result of this training, some residents may hear more noise than usual coming from the base's training range and may experience possible ground shaking.More
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • One Killed, Another Injured in Millsboro Crash

    One Killed, Another Injured in Millsboro Crash

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 7:42 AM EDT2014-04-23 11:42:43 GMT
    Delaware State Police say one woman was killed and another woman was injured in a Tuesday night crash in Millsboro.More
    Delaware State Police say one woman was killed and another woman was injured in a Tuesday night crash in Millsboro.More
  • Two People Critically Injured in Sussex County Crash

    Two People Critically Injured in Sussex County Crash

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 11:24 PM EDT2014-04-23 03:24:31 GMT
    MILLSBORO, De - Delaware State Police say Bank Road in Millsboro is closed following a two-vehicle collision that occurred around 9 p.m. this evening. Police say two people were removed from the scene of the accident and are being treated for critical injuries. Troopers are still investigating this motor vehicle accident in Sussex County.More
    MILLSBORO, De - Delaware State Police say Bank Road in Millsboro is closed following a two-vehicle collision that occurred around 9 p.m. this evening. Police say two people were removed from the scene of the accident and are being treated for critical injuries. Troopers are still investigating this motor vehicle accident in Sussex County.More
  • Millsboro Man Arrested for Concealing Marijuana in His Mouth

    Millsboro Man Arrested for Concealing Marijuana in His Mouth

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 10:22 AM EDT2014-04-23 14:22:04 GMT
    BISHOPVILLE, Md. – The passenger in a car stopped for speeding was caught concealing marijuana in his mouth.More
    Authorities in Worcester County say a Millsboro, Del., man who was a passenger in a car stopped for speeding, was caught concealing marijuana in his mouth. More
Powered by WorldNow

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WBOC. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service