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Dewey Beach To Consider Storm Updates

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DEWEY BEACH, De. - More than a year after Hurricane Sandy devastated many parts of the northeast, some preventative action may be taking shape in Dewey Beach. In the aftermath of the super storm, Mayor Diane Hanson asked the Planning Commission to investigate what needs to be done to avoid future problems due to the rising sea levels, in the situation of another strong storm. On Saturday morning, the commission is set to provide the council with their suggestions. 

Hanson told WBOC that the suggestions focus mostly on preparing residents who live adjacent to the bay. She said most of the damage occurred on the western bayside, whereas the eastern coastline was actually pretty well protected from the ocean waves.  

"On the bayside we've discovered it's like a bathtub," she said. "And when the tide comes in during a storm, you get tremendous winds and surf preventing that water from getting out. And then the next one comes and the next one comes and eventually it overflows." 

To solve these problems, the city will be voting on two main ordinances at the meeting. The first ordinance will mandate that all damaged homes are raised up to avoid further destruction. The second ordinance is a financial incentive where the town will help finance the project by limiting some building fees. 

"We're encouraging people if they want to voluntarily do this or if their house has been damaged," Hanson said. "Then we will consider lowering the fees."

Sarah Moore lives just a block away from the bay, and said she has seen the potential flooding problems in the area. She understands the desire to help, but worries it might be futile. She adds that she knows the risk by living so close to the ocean. 

"You're not gonna stop mother nature," she said. "There's no way you're gonna stop it. I've been down here for some pretty bad storms. And it's like - they'll take your breath away. It's like 'wow.' You are absolutely powerless." 

The meeting will be on Saturday at 9:00 a.m. at the town hall on Dagsworthy Avenue.

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