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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Maryland's senior senator says planned replenishment of Ocean City's beach has been moved up a year by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Sen. Ben Cardin says the $3 million project will begin after this summer is over, instead of the end of the 2018 season. The project is expected to be finished in time for the start of the 2018 summer.

Cardin and other politicians and officials announced the advance Monday on Ocean City's boardwalk.

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Governor Jack Markell announced that he will ask for $2.5 million in federal disaster relief to rebuild the infrastructure along Delaware’s beaches damaged from the recent storms.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that funds would go toward repairing the northern end of the boardwalk in Rehoboth Beach as well as storm water pipes damaged by the waves.

Money would also go toward trails in state parks such as Gordons Pond in Cape Henlopen State Park.

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Repair crews are out along the Ocean City shoreline repairing damage done by the recent snow storm.

The beach cleanup is being carried out in conjunction with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.

It’s estimated that as much as 880-thousand cubic yards of sand was lost.  

The initial assessment last week was $21 million.

Mayor Rick Meeham told WBOC that this is only for the beaches adding that an official estimate for homeowners and businesses has not yet been released.

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As this week’s snow draws near a coastal flood advisory is in effect for the Delaware coastline into tomorrow morning.

The National Weather Service says the alert bean at 5 a.m. this morning through 4 a.m. tomorrow morning.

The storm surge is expected to be as high as 2 and a half feet.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that as the winter storm advances tomorrow the ocean waves are expected to reach 8 to 10 feet.

The bay could see a height of up to 5 feet.

REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. (AP) - Beach replenishment is nearing completion at the Indian River Inlet and moving north to Lewes.

The News Journal reports  that work to repair erosion caused by Superstorm Sandy last year is already complete in Fenwick Island, Bethany, Dewey and Rehoboth beaches. The state received nearly $30 million in federal funds to restore the beaches to a width of about 200 feet from the surf line to the dunes.

One year after Superstorm Sandy Delaware’s tourism industry has successfully survived the massive storm.

2 million cubic yards of sand has been used to shore up the beaches scoured by the hurricane.

Federal funding was also used to widen and beef up the north beach to protect the highway in the Indian River Inlet where waves from Sandy drove sand drifts 6 feet deep over Route 1.

Sand replenishment is also underway at Rehoboth Beach and Dewey Beach.

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REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. (AP) - Beach restoration work to reverse damage from Superstorm Sandy is moving to Rehoboth Beach this week.

WXDE-FM reports that about one block will be built up each day from Virginia Avenue south.

After the replenishment project reaches Stockley Street, it will proceed north from Virginia Avenue to about Oak Avenue.

This portion of the ongoing project is expected to last about two-and-a-half weeks, with 1,000-foot sections of beach typically blocked off.

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BROADKILL BEACH, Del. (AP) - Severely eroded sections of Delaware's Broadkill Beach will get an emergency infusion of sand in the coming months.

The Wilmington News Journal ( ) reports the state-funded project will focus on areas where a few homes are now surrounded by water at high tide and others regularly have water up to their bayside entrances.

Sand will be hauled in by truck. As many as 75 to 100 trucks could bring in sand each day to give the area additional protection for the winter storm season.


Some 520-thousand cubic yards of sand from a nearby sandbar is being moved to the beach to help secure Delaware Route 1 that leads to the Indian River Inlet Bridge.

Anthony Pratt, Delaware state shoreline and waterway manager, told the Wilmington News Journal that this will protect the area better than it has been in a long time.

The north side of the inlet will be widened by 50 feet of dry sand with a 25-foot wide dune that will average 16 feet high.

The project is funded by $6.6 million from the federal Sandy Relief Bill.

At the end of July the U.S. Army Corps of engineers is set to begin replenishing the sand dunes on the north side of the Indian River Inlet.

It will involve dredging 400-thousand cubic yards of sand from the ocean floor to replace the sand that was lost to Hurricane Sandy last year.

$6.6 million under the Superstorm’s relief package from Washington will being spent on the project while another $19 million go to the rehabilitation of the breaches at Fenwick Island, South Bethany, Dewey and Rehoboth.