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First Nor'easter This Year Will Cause Beach Erosion & Coastal Flooding

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REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. - The first nor'easter of the year is expected to hit this Thursday and Friday with coastal flooding starting on Wednesday.

Dewey Beach Town Manager Scott Koeing said he expects flooding in town, especially on the bay side.

"We're really flat in Dewey Beach. Heavy rain creates minor temporary flooding. If we get high tides on the bay side, you can see water come halfway up this street and halfway up Read Avenue," said Koeing.

Helene Brouhl lives on Read Avenue, one of the most flooded streets in Dewey Beach. When the street has flooded before, Brouhl said her car brakes were ruined.

"The brakes went because of the flooding, now here I am with a new car and I'm getting the same flooding," said Brouhl. "And once it comes up, it's not like I can move it. Before I know the street's flooded, my car is covered already."

The beaches will erode due to the nor'easter but Dewey and Rehoboth Beach officials said the beach replenishment scheduled for later this season should repair any damage from the storm.

"It's not unusual this time of year to get the first nor'easter of the year and to see that transition of that wide summer beach that we're used to, that is the result of very calm conditions for months at a time, to one that is subject to erosion because of winter storms," said Tony Pratt, president of the American Shore and Beach Preservation Association.

Rehoboth Beach officials said they are monitoring weather conditions and will send out crews to clean up debris if needed. 


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