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Erosion Evident on Delmarva Coasts

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Beach Erosion in Ocean City, Md. (Photo: WBOC) Beach Erosion in Ocean City, Md. (Photo: WBOC)

DELMARVA- Many people across Delmarva are taking a collective sigh of relief over the passing of the most recent Nor'easter. But starting Monday, the process of assessing the damage on the beaches began, and the results showed a significant amount of erosion.

In Rehoboth Beach, cliffs, reaching as high as approximately 5-feet-tall, had formed along the northern end of the boardwalk. In front of the Henlopen Hotel, resident Diane Scobey was overlooking a Jetty that had previously been completely covered in sand. On Monday morning, the entire jetty was now visible.

"It's just amazing," she said. "I've come down every day and I just look at it. And it's just the power of the water. Incredible."

Tony Pratt, from the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, said that it would be a couple of days before they knew the exact amount of erosion at each of Delaware's beaches. However, he said the range was in between 15 feet and 25 feet, depending on the area.

At the Indian River Inlet Bridge, cliffs were pushed back by as far as 20 feet, according to some residents. On the beach, were many metal detector enthusiasts, who were combing the sand for valuables, washed up by the storm. One of those enthusiasts was Tom Stevenson.

"I'm trying to dig up some treasures," he said.

On Monday morning, he had some luck as well. Stevenson found a ring made of 10-karat white gold. He said nor'easters like the most recent one created perfect conditions for this hobby.

"We look forward to stuff like this," he said. "We just go nuts when it's like this."

In Bethany Beach, access points were blocked off, by signs reading "Danger." This is because of major cliffs that have formed at the end, which are as high as approximately 10 feet.

In Ocean City, the beaches have also lost a lot of sand. Large chunks of the material were gathered on the boardwalk, and on top of benches.

"We've got a lot of sand on the boardwalk," said Mike Hocko, a resident of Ocean City. "And if you (look) at the ocean, it's almost up to the retaining walls. So it makes you think twice about living in a barrier island."

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