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Dewey Beach to Hold Meeting on Sea Level Rise

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DEWEY BEACH, Del. - The Dewey Beach Planning Commission is holding a public hearing Saturday afternoon to discuss solutions for sea level rise.
According to assistant town manager and planning commission member Jim Dedes, Hurricane Sandy caused a lot of problems in Dewey Beach, and they do not want to face flooding at a similar level.
"We've had storm surges, we've had floods, we've had tropical storms," he said. "So we were looking at this earlier but this kind of gave us an extra impetus for us to move ahead."
Flooding is a major problem for many homes on the bay side of town. The public meeting will give homeowners and opportunity to say what they think is the right course of action.
"For some of the homes, certainly the ones below the FEMA determination in their guidelines, they probably need to look at raising their homes," Dedes explained. "I mean it's inevitable that's going to need to happen."
Marie Hutton has a home on the bay side and dealt with flooding during Hurricane Sandy.
"It looked like you were right in the bay," she said. But she she disagreed that construction is the solution to the sea level rising problem.
"I think it's an impossible dream," she said. "I don't think you can stop nature and we just have to understand that were the ones that moved in, it hasn't moved to us, so no i dont think that there's anything we can do."
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has certain guidelines that Dewey Beach would have to conform to, but the town will have to evaluate raising homes based on zoning requirements as well.

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