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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.

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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.

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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.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The federal government is offering loans to help homeowners and businesses clean up after floods swept through parts of the state last month.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe's administration says the low-interest disaster loans through the U.S. Small Businesses Association are available in the counties of Alleghany, Bath, Coutetourt, Craig, Rockbridge and the city of Covington.

Renters and groups like charities, churches and private universities can also apply.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Road crews are set to begin work on a project aimed at alleviating flooding problems on the main road running through the Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge.

Gov. Jack Markell and U.S. Sen. Tom Carper were among the guests scheduled to attend a ground breaking ceremony Monday for bridge construction and road improvements on Prime Hook Road.

Flood waters typically inundate and damage the road during heavy coastal storms.

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Federal disaster relief is coming to Delaware to rebuild the infrastructure damaged during winter storm in January.

President Obama signed the Delaware Disaster Declaration bill sending aid to those areas of the state hit by the snowstorm and flooding in late January.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that many of the dunes disappeared under the heavy flooding along the coastal areas.

There will be money for the north end of the Rehoboth Beach boardwalk and the storm water pipes that were damaged because of the heavy waves.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Winter storm and coastal flood warnings have been issued for Delaware as a winter storm bears down on the mid-Atlantic region.

The storm warning took effect at midnight and remains in effect until 6 a.m. Wednesday.

On the mid-shore this includes Kent Counties in both Maryland and Delaware as well as Queen Annie’s County.

The coastal flood warning is in effect through noon today, with moderate to minor flooding during this morning's high tide.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The South and East are bracing for a nor'easter at week's end with the potential for significant snowfall.

The National Weather Service's Weather Prediction Center warns of heavy, "perhaps crippling" snow across the northern mid-Atlantic region, including Baltimore, Washington and Philadelphia.

On Wednesday, the weather service issued blizzard and winter storm watches for parts of Maryland, Washington, Virginia and West Virginia. The watches start as early as Thursday and stretch into Saturday.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Four Virginia counties have received federal disaster designations for farmers stemming from flooding last fall.

The Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services said Thursday that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has issued primary disaster designations for Isle of Wight, Patrick, Southampton and Surry counties.

Nine counties and three cities that border those four counties also were designated as contiguous disaster areas.

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Delaware’s Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control unveiled proposals for dealing with the drainage problems in Oak Orchard.

Last night the public got its first look at some of projects that state officials will be tackling to hand the flooding that the town is prone to.

WBOC reports that one would set up drainage systems where the flooding occurs most in the town.

In addition, an effort could be made to beef up of the tidal barriers for culverts that lead into the river.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A $7.5 million project to replace the failing bulkhead on City Dock in Annapolis has begun.

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There are some new military style vehicles around South Bethany Beach.

They have been acquired by the local police department and include a military grade boat and a Humvee.

WBOC reports they would be used for emergencies such as evacuations during stormy weather.

During flooding when the National Guard does not step in the vehicles will help police navigate the streets.

Police Chief Troy Crowson told the television station that they will also allow his officers to carry out inspections rather than borrow or rent a boat.

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Residents in Oak Orchard, Delaware are calling for repairs to the drainage system as the waters still have not receded from the recent stormy weather.

WBOC reports that a number of residents said there was still a foot or so of water on the streets.

The state has provided $350-thousand for the engineering survey for the five places with the worst flooding.

In late-October a meeting is scheduled in Oak Orchard to take up the drainage issues.

The total amount of funds provided by the state for its drainage program is $3 million.

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Those on the Virginia Eastern Shore could find themselves stranded by water according to a new study on sea level rise of one foot or more.

The survey done with the assistance of the Virginia Department of Transportation found that some areas where there are now roads could be flooded out between 2025 and 2050.

The study found that around 25 percent of the roads along with communities and their facilities could be hit by sea level rise.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that 80 percent of the roads affected by the flooding are located in Accomack County.

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DELAWARE CITY, Del. (AP) - A state panel is seeking public input on a report outlining how to prepare for and respond to potential climate change impacts in Delaware.

The Governor's Committee on Climate and Resiliency, which was charged by an executive order from Gov. Jack Markell, issued its report Monday and will accept public comment through May for possible revisions.

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Salisbury property owners are going to see a new fee.

This one that is set to take effect next year would pay for efforts to curb flooding and reduce pollution spilling into the waterways that flow into the Chesapeake Bay.

The City Council unanimously approved the storm water fee whose dollars will be dedicated to upgrading the city’s failing drainage system.

The measure survived a last ditch effort by the CEO of the Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce Ernie Colburn.

He wanted the council to wait until the incoming Republican Governor Larry Hogan takes office.

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Somerset County has committed half of the $8.6 million in Sandy Relief money to a number of projects including 11 new homes that could cost close to $2 million to construct.

Another $1.1 million has been earmarked for a study of public housing that saw severe flooding during the 2010 storm.

Somerset County director of planning Gary Pusey said the county is focusing on the county’s purchase of three houses, some $3.2 million slated for home rehabs and $1 million for the county’s Economic Development Commission.

The grant expires in July.

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CLEAR SPRING, Md. (AP) - Officials have been assessing the damage from a massive flood that damaged dozens of homes in the western Maryland community of Clear Spring last week.

Town Councilman Theodore Hovermale tells The Herald Mail he had never seen water come up so quickly. He says he doesn't remember flooding as severe since the 1940s or 1950s.

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LAUREL, Md. (AP) - Officials ordered hundreds of people to leave their homes in Laurel after heavy rains prompted a release from two dams in the area.

The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission says the Brighton Dam in Brookville and all seven gates at the T. Howard Duckett Dam in Laurel were opened Wednesday as a precaution and will remain open for several hours Thursday morning. It's unclear how long it will take for water to recede.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland officials are urging travelers to watch out for the possibility of flooding across the state in coming days.

State Highway Administrator Melinda Peters said Tuesday that Maryland may be in the path of several storms that have already caused damage in other states, so officials are tracking the storms carefully. The National Weather Service is forecasting the potential for flooding throughout the state.

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The Somerset County Commissioners voted to take $700-thousand from the $8.6 million of Hurricane Sandy relief funds to pay for rehabilitation 16 public units which still have mold and other issues.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that The funds will go to the Crisfield Housing Authority which oversee the Somers cove apartments.

When the hurricane the complex like most the city was hit by severe flooding of up to 5 feet deep.

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What to do about flooding in Dover.

That question has once again been raised with the recent torrent of rain that hit Delmarva on July 12 when one resident reporting a dumpster floating down the street.

Nearby Kent General Hospital’s parking lots along Governors Avenue and South Street ended up underwater.

And, the city says, without major work such flooding will happen again.

Dover City Manager Scott Koenig WBOC that the problem is that the area is a basin that covers some 600 acres.

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Another week, another storm.

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(12:00 a.m. -- There are severe thunderstorm watches and warnings for Kent and Sussex counties in Delaware and for Anne Arundel, Caroline, Carroll, Frederick, Harford and Talbot counties in Maryland.)  

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A storm has moved quickly into New Castle County and surrounding areas this morning.

It brought heavy rain and power outages for nearly 15,000 customers across most of the county.

Most of the outages occurred in Hockessin, Newark and Pike Creek areas.

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Delaware State environmental Secretary Colin O’Mara told a joint legislative committee that federal funds will be available to shore up the chronically flooded and steadily eroding Prime Hook national Wildlife Area.

The funds come from the $60 billion approved in Washington to help out those hit by Hurricane Sandy.

O’Mara told the Joint Finance Committee that Prime Hook is on the list of projects just issued by the Department of the Interior for allocation of the funds.

GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) - Thousands of people have lost power after strong storms blew through Delaware and Maryland's Eastern Shore.

Delmarva Power is reporting about 5,400 customers were still without power in area early Thursday. The outages were the worst in New Castle and Sussex counties in Delaware and Talbot County in Maryland. More than 7,800 customers were without power overnight.

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SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - Heavy rainfall has caused streets to flood in low-lying parts of Ocean City and downtown Salisbury.

WBOC-TV  reports that floodwaters north Ocean City have started to recede, but that the resort city is expected to see more showers through the early afternoon.

Meanwhile, in Salisbury, Fitzwater Street near the Wicomico River is impassable due to flooding. Areas of Route 13 and side streets are also experiencing flooding. Motorists are advised use caution in those areas.