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Stormy Weather Causes Beach Erosion at Broadkill Beach

Posted: Sep 11, 2018 5:41 PM -04:00 Updated:
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BROADKILL BEACH, Del. — Stormy weather over the weekend caused erosion in a sand berm at Broadkill Beach and the collapse of a ramp to access the beach.

The changed landscape surprised a number of visitors to the coastline on Tuesday, including Melissa Dean, who frequently stops by the beach with her son.

"I pull up today and see that there's no entrance to the beach. Everything's been crashed down and from the little bit of storm that we've had so far, I can only imagine what's going to happen,” she said.

DNREC says the the berm is intended to help absorb the effects of stormy weather and prevent water from reaching homes and the streets in Broadkill Beach.

However, the erosion also caused an ADA-compliant ramp to collapse at Broadkill.

Bob Betts lives in Broadkill and said he’s happy the tide hasn’t reached his home but is closely watching the level of erosion from the berm.

"It probably will take another 10 feet of what we have here but if we didn't have it it would be up on the road,” he said.

Jim Scholl of Milton visited Broadkill on Tuesday to check on his mother-in-law’s home. He said he was concerned about the possibility of winds from Hurricane Florence keeping tidal levels high at beach.

"If this was the remnants of Gordon, I hate to see what Florence is going to do,” he said. “This is unreal. This is just a shame."

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