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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.

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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 (http://delonline.us/152gv4k ) 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.

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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.

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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.

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Some $19.3 million is being spent on restoring Delaware’s beaches.

And the work could start as early as next week.

There is some 6.6 miles of resort shore line that is set to be replenished by mid-December.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that it will begin with Fenwick Island where dredge anchors are set to start work.

WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (AP) - NASA's Wallops Flight Facility has more than 3 million cubic yards of new sand protecting the Wallops Island shoreline.

The storm damage reduction project was completed earlier this month.

The project was designed to help buffer Wallops' critical launch assets from the ocean.

Workers are now installing sand fencing to help protect the beach from erosion. In the fall, beach grass will be planted.

More sand is planned for the island ever three to seven years, depending on the need.

Beach In a two year study, Paul Cowan, chief of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Beebe Medical Center replenishment may not cause an increase in injuries after all.

Medical Center, found that the number of injuries in 2010 and 2011 were nearly identical.

He said that the injuries come in clusters with 10 to 20 one day and none the next.

He told the Salisbury Daily Times that if beach replenishment were the most important factor there would have been a steady stream of injuries from day to day.   

A rash of surf-related injuries has hit Delaware’s shores with the increase in beach replenishment over the last three years.

Surf instructor Roy Harrell told the Salisbury Daily Times that he has heard of a lot more injuries since officials have ramped up beach replenishment.

Surfers have made similar claims in New Jersey.

Paul Cowan at Beebe Medical Center told the paper that his review of surf-related injuries found that there has been a steady increase.

He says there are a number of factors including beach replenishment.