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Slaughter Beach Awarded Grant to Mitigate Coastal Flooding

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SLAUGHTER BEACH, Del. - DNREC’s Delaware Coastal Programs announced that the Town of Slaughter Beach has been selected for the first annual Resilient Community Partnership and will receive up to $75,000 in federal funding provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to help deal with coastal hazards.

Kathy Lock, a town council member, has lived on the marsh in Slaughter Beach for more than 40 years and said a lot has changed.

"Certainly the biggest problem, this marsh fills up, it is full of waves, it's actually pretty frightening," she said. "And it closes the access into and out of the town on both sides."

Slaughter Beach is a small coastal town along the Delaware Bay, and floods often with storms or high tides. One in particular was January's winter storm.

"We believe that as a small coastal community we really have limited resources, we can't grow anymore," Lock said. "This land that we're looking at is all in conservation and preservation."

The grant will be used to perform a comprehensive assessment of where the town is vulnerable and eventually create a mitigation plan.

However, some say, that's what you get for living in such a waterlogged area.

Lock disagreed.

"It not only has history, but we also have to think to that it's value," she said. "We're a barrier island, we protect all of the thousand of acres of farmland between here and inland so there are a lot of reasons to protect a little coastal bay community like Slaughter Beach."

And with more than 400 species of wildlife, DNREC thinks so too.

A public hearing will be held this Spring to discuss plans.


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