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South Bethany Historical Society Remembers Hurricane Sandy

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SOUTH BETHANY, Del. - The South Bethany Historical Society held a meeting Friday night to present a compilation of memories and photos from Hurricane Sandy.

The one square mile town was rocked by the storm and endured horrible flooding. Many residents were surprised because the bay side area was hit so drastically. 

"It was pretty disheartening and we just started throwing stuff away we weren't going to be able to save a lot of the stuff," Richard Oliver said. "Both my wife and I are the kind of people who kind of play with the cards we got dealt and we said let's get back to work and get this stuff cleaned up and that's what we did."

George Junkin is a town council member as well as the chairman of the Sea Level Rise and Storm Surge Committee. Junkin said he is working on bringing new building codes to the town to protect homeowners in the future.

"You always have obstacles when you have change," he explained. "So it comes down to educating the community as to what the issues are"

Mayor Kathleen Jankowski also attended the meeting, and said she hopes the horrors of Hurricane Sandy taught people a lesson.

"People were not completely aware of what insurance covered and what it didn't cover," Mayor Jankowski said. "A lot of people I guess don't read their fine line and determined that FEMA didn't cover a lot of things that were on the bottom level of their homes."

Over 30 people attended this meeting to present the history of the devastating storm. Many who attended wanted to make it clear that education is key in keeping a home safe during a storm like Sandy. The historical society wants the book and online source of records and photos will make an impact in the future.

You can view the collection here.

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