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Bowers Residents Concerned About Beach Erosion After Stormy Weather

Posted: Sep 13, 2018 6:47 PM -04:00 Updated:
Matt Ferramosca walks beneath a home along Bowres Beach. Matt Ferramosca walks beneath a home along Bowres Beach.

BOWERS BEACH, Del- Matt Ferramosca was out for a walk with his dogs on Thursday along a shrinking stretch of beach between the rising high tide and homes along the shoreline.

As waves crept only a couple feet from homes, Ferramosca, a new Bowers Beach resident, said he was surprised to see how high the tide could get.

"It's just crazy to see the tides come up and down and through the streets and people's patio furniture being washed up," he said.

Flooding was heavy in Bowers over the past weekend and coastline residents said a significant amount of sand was scraped away by stormy weather may have been a factor.

Bob McDevitt, a town councilman who lives along the beach, said so much sand had been eroded from outside his house that cinder blocks that were part of his home's foundation had been exposed.

Over the past weekend, McDevitt said stormy remnants of Tropical Storm Gordon battered the coastal town with wind and rain that contributed to sand being washed away and water flooding into the street outside his home.

"We need some sand real fast but the wheels of government move pretty slow. But we're working on it," he said.

April Feague, a lifelong resident of Bowers, said she hopes the state takes a greater role in addressing flooding problems in the town.

Although streets like Hubbard Avenue sat flooded on Thursday afternoon, a not uncommon occurrence, Feague said she believes the town's issues with high water need to be addressed.

"I think in the past two to three years the tides are definitely getting higher so it's something to be worried about," she said.

 

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