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First Nor'easter of the Fall Heads Toward Delmarva

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REHOBOTH/DEWEY BEACH, Del. - The first Nor'easter of the fall is expected to start impacting weather on Delmarva this Wednesday.  Coastal towns are bracing for the impact as farmers embrace the rain.

As wind and waves batter the beaches this week, Rehoboth and Dewey could come face-to-face with coastal flooding and significant beach erosion. 

"Obviously coastal flooding is a big problem for us," says Dewey Beach Town Manager Scott Koenig. "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."

Mayor TJ Redefer says to brace for storms like this, people should move trash and debris away from storm drains and that they should tie down their trash cans and bring in outside furniture.

Helene Bruhl has owned a beach cottage in Dewey Beach for 51 years. She says flooding and Hurricane Sandy forced her to raise it five years ago. Her biggest concern is the brakes on her car, which she says the flooding forced her to replace.

"It's sitting there with the water raising, hitting the brakes, but I'm penned in. I cannot even go to the mailbox."

Even with water running into the Rehoboth Farmer's Market, Tommy Eliason says Kalmar Farms has been waiting for this rain.

"We really haven't had any rain in about three weeks, so we're really needing it. It's been putting us behind on our fall planting."

If the storm does cause beach erosion for Rehoboth and Dewey, that will be repaired this fall when both the beaches in both towns are replenished.

Koenig says Dewey has a few projects in the works to combat coastal flooding.

"We're doing some storm sewer mapping that will hopefully open up our drainage pipes," he says. "We have a shoreline stabilization project that's getting ready to go into construction in the next couple of weeks."

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