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Delaware Drainage Experts Present Solutions for Bayshore Flooding

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The Prime Hook marshland is a prime source for flooding in Bayshore communities (Photo: WBOC) The Prime Hook marshland is a prime source for flooding in Bayshore communities (Photo: WBOC)

MILFORD, Del. - Solutions to Southern Delaware's persistent drainage problems could be closer than ever in the Bayshore area. At a Wednesday night meeting, officials from the Delaware Division of Watershed Stewardship presented information on 10 projects that could improve drainage in certain "trouble areas." 

The 10 priority areas included one in Pickering Beach, three in Kitts Hummock, one in Slaughter Beach, one in Prime Hook Beach, one in Lewes Beach, and three in Broadkill Beach. Brooks Cahall, the manager of the drainage program, within the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, said that the total cost of the 10 projects would be approximately $616,000.

Cahall said that the state has already secured funding for the final engineering, which cost about a third of the total amount. Sen. Gary Simpson (R-Milford) said that the rest of the funding is expected to be included in the 2016-2017 budget. 

"The goal of this drainage Study," Cahall said. "And the solutions that we are currently moving forward with are to resolve drainage and minor flooding problems in the Delaware Bay beach communities."

Cahall said these small repairs could go a long way, in alleviating some of the problems in these vulnerable areas.

"There will be drainage and flooding issues," Cahall said. "But we hope to improve the drainage so that when the tides go out, the flood waters go with it."

In Slaughter Beach, Brenda Fassette said she was glad to see movement in the process. She said flooding has been persistent in their community, mostly from the marsh. 

"When you choose to live here," she said. "It's what you get as the effect of it. Living in the city, you have shootings and robberies. Here we have water."

In Broadkill Beach, Byron Chen said that the residents would benefit from any repairs. 

"More ability for local people to drive through here," he said. "When it does have massive amounts of water problems would be tremendous. That's the only way to put it. It would be tremendous." 

Wednesday's meeting began at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Carlisle Fire Company in Milford. It was partially planned by Simpson, who is the chair of the Delaware Bay Beach Work Group. That group was "assembled to look at drainage, erosion, flooding and related issues that affect Bayshore Communities." 

"Obviously we've got a lot more to do with protecting our coastline," said Simpson. "But certainly taking care of some of these drainage issues is a very worthwhile first step."

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