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Delaware Beach Towns Prepare for Potential Beach Erosion, High Surf from Hurricane Florence

Posted: Sep 12, 2018 5:18 PM -04:00 Updated:

SUSSEX COUNTY, Del.- As parts of the Mid-Atlantic brace for Hurricane Florence, areas of Sussex County may experience beach erosion from the powerful storm.

High surf and potential erosion are expected. Many in Bethany Beach and South Bethany say they feel protected as their beaches were recently replenished.

"I think the rain is going to cause some erosion," says South Bethany Town Manager Maureen Hartman. "Depending on the wind, yes, we are going to get some more damage but I think we'll be safe."

Hartman and her team have been watching the forecast closely and updating South Bethany's many homeowners whose permanent residence is far away.

"We were very concerned about everybody's safety and we are being as proactive as possible throughout this process," she tells WBOC.

Some South Bethany homeowners who live closer came down to secure their belongings ahead of any coastal damage.

"[We are] tying boats up, making sure nothing floats away on us," says Gail Russell. "Anything that could float or get damaged in the entryway to our house."

The City of Rehoboth Beach has removed trash cans and shacks from the beach and boardwalk, as well as limited lifeguard stands. Local businesses like the Turtle Beach Cafe on the Bethany Boardwalk are also gearing up for any activity.

"We've thought about maybe boarding up the windows," says Manager Joost Elling. "Maybe a few sandbags under the bottom of the door so water doesn't really run in."

Many are aware the newly replenished beach could erode. It is designed to do just that, so while the beach may diminish in size, infrastructure behind the dune is protected. 

"Here we are going to see some storm surge. The sand is pretty new," John Roberts explains. "It will wash up and it'll come back in a couple weeks as it always does."

WBOC meteorologists forecast Florence will impact Delmarva on Friday and Saturday. 


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