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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.)  

New Castle County

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.