Chincoteague residents heard from those vying for three of the six seats on the town council at a forum this week.

And there were lots of questions for the two incumbents Ben Ellis and Ellen Richardson as well as three challengers Alex Tucker, Matthew Reed and Harry Thornton.

Nearly topping the agenda for several candidates was widening the inlet and the impact on the southern part of Chincoteague.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that incumbent Ellis said the resulting flooding would be high on his list.

Snow Hits Delaware

Mar 8, 2018
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Expect icy roads this morning in Delaware after a second nor’easter swept the state with as much as 10 inches of snow.

In Greenville it was 10.4 inches while White clay Creek saw 7.6 inches.

In Brandywine Hundred the total was nearly 7 inches while in Hockessin it was 6 inches.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that officials urge drivers to be on the lookout for fallen trees, tree limbs and downed power lines.

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OCEAN CITY, N.J. (AP) - Scientists and people living in back-bay areas behind barrier islands in New Jersey and other places say flooding is increasing even as the problem gets less attention and money than flooding along the ocean.

Studies are underway in several places on ways to protect against flooding in these areas, but easy solutions are few.

With so many homes built in or on the edge of wetlands, building sand dunes is not an option.

Bulkheads, elevating houses and restoring marshes are among potential options.


There’s a coastal flood warning in effect for Kent and Sussex Counties until 11 a.m.

In Accomack County it will be in effect until 10 a.m.

While the ocean looked a little bit angry the Salisbury Daily Times reports that Ocean City officials say there was little flooding being reported.

Winds were expected to move north and northwest with speeds of up to 30 mph with some gusts as high as 35 mph.

Most of the damage from the high winds hit trees.


VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - For some neighborhoods in Virginia Beach, the long recovery from flooding caused by Hurricane Matthew is just beginning.

On Saturday, emergency management crews and other officials toured several communities where homes were damaged.

Virginia Beach emergency manager Erin Sutton says the teams saw more than 600 homes, and about 100 sustained major damage. Some had more than a foot of water inside. Many homeowners whose property was damaged did not have flood insurance.

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There are still detours and closures in Worcester County  in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew.

WBOC reports that the rain damaged Big Mill Road in Stockton and Langmaid Road in Newark.

There were downed trees and wires that blocked traffic at the south end of Big Mill Road.

The flood waters and downed trees wiped out part of the highway south of Stockton.

Meanwhile, WBOC reports that repair crews were out on Langmaid Road repairing the shoulder.

In addition, Whiton Crossing Road in Berlin also saw downed trees because of the flooding.

Heavy Rains Hit Delmarva

Sep 30, 2016
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More than 12 inches of rain hit Sussex County yesterday with a coastal flood watch this morning and a flash flood watch warning.

Areas include include the counties of Worcester, Wicomico, Sussex, Kent Delaware, and Caroline.

The heaviest rains hit the eastern portion of the county with strong winds whipping through the region.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Harbeson received the highest rainfall of just over 12 inches with Stockely coming in at just over 9 inches.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Four Maryland breweries are collaborating on a beer dubbed "Ryelief" that will benefit businesses affected by flooding in July.

The beer is being released Wednesday. The breweries say 100 percent of the proceeds from the beer's sale will be donated to the Ellicott City Partnership fund to benefit businesses in Ellicott City as well as the fund assisting Nepenthe Homebrew in Baltimore, which was also damaged by flooding July 30.

The flooding killed two people and devastated the Ellicott City historic district.


ELLICOTT CITY, Md. (AP) - A portion of Ellicott City's Main Street is re-opening after flooding last month.

Howard County officials said in a statement that beginning Wednesday a portion of the western end of Main Street that sustained minor or no damage in the July 30 flooding will be re-opened. Businesses at the western end of the street and along Tonge Row will be able to to re-open.

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ELLICOTT CITY, Md. (AP) - County and state officials in Maryland are gathering recovery resources for people affected by flooding over the weekend in Ellicott City.

Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman and Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford plan to attend the recovery and information session for residents and businesses Monday afternoon with representatives of county and state agencies and nonprofits offering resources.

Two people were killed when the town about 14 miles west of Baltimore took on 6.5 inches of water within hours Saturday night.