Hurricane Sandy

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MILTON, Del. (AP) - State and federal officials are celebrating a restoration project at Delaware's Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge.

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell planned to join Gov. Jack Markell and Sen. Tom Carper on Friday to tout one of the largest federally funded restoration projects on the Atlantic Coast.

The $38 million project restored 4,000 acres of coastal marsh and rebuilt existing dunes and barrier beach to improve natural defenses against storms and sea-level rise.

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Construction has begun to replace the New Castle Pier destroyed by Superstorm Sandy.

The replacement will cost $1.2 million and extend 170 feet out into the Delaware River.

Work on the pier should be wrapped up by the end of the year.

City Administrator Bill Barthel told the Wilmington News Journal that the new pier will allow the replica of Kalmar Nyckel from the 1600’s and other vessels to dock in the city.

The paper reports that the new pier has spurred renewed discussion about reviving ferry traffic between New Castle and Pennsville in New Jersey.

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Senator Barbara Mikulski marked a final chapter in her political career yesterday by a visit to NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility for which the Maryland Democrat has gotten more than $160 million in federal funds during the Obama years.  

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that she ended her address with a flourish similar to that of President Obama at last weekend’s White House Correspondent’s Dinner.

Urging that the force be with them Maryland’s senior senator dropped the microphone and put two fingers to her lips to say good-bye.

MELFA, Va. (AP) - The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest disaster loans to Accomack County businesses and individuals who didn't seek help following Hurricane Sandy in October 2012.

Officials estimate that more than 240 homes were damaged in that Eastern Shore county during Sandy, which lashed the region with high winds and more than 8 inches of rain. Most of those damages were not covered by insurance.

Monday, the SBA will open an outreach center in Melfa. Representatives will staff the center through Friday to answer any questions.

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Restoration of the marshes at Prime Hook National Wildlife refuge is set to begin June 15th.

It will be the first step in a $36 million effort to fight rising sea levels along the Delaware Bay.

Work crews will create drainage channels followed by over a million cubic yards of sand to beef up the beach just south of Fowler Beach Road to deal with openings caused by Hurricane Sandy.

There will also be a dune with grass to preserve the area and provide time for some of the wetlands adversely affected by human activity.

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The huge Viking statue that looked out over Chincoteague Pony Swim Lane is no more.

It had stood for three decades.

But it came down with the sale of the land it once sat on.

It stood 23-feet tall and was made out of fiberglass.

The statue had recently been recently restored after Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

There is no word on the fate of the statue.

But the Salisbury Daily Times reports that the new owner is said to not want the Viking or any of the other things that were on the property.

It takes millions of dollars to keep the sea level rise at bay for NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.

That’s what Caroline Massey, the Flight Facility assistant director of management operations told the Accomack County Board of Supervisors this week.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that an estimated $9 million has been sunk into protecting key structures against sea level rise.

Some estimates put that rise at 6 feet or higher.

Massey noted that the facility suffered $3.8 million in damage after Hurricane Irene.

A new report by the Army Corps of Engineers is warning state and coastal residents that they need to rethink their policies involving the coastline in the wake of Superstorm Sandy.

For Delaware, the report says, there are two high risk areas.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that these include the shoreline of the Delaware River and Bay as well as the resort areas of the Inland Bays.

During Superstorm Sandy the worst flood damage occurred on the bay sides of Fenwick Island, South Bethany Beach, Bethany Beach and Dewey Beach following the hurricane.

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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The It Takes A Village Youth Program in Crisfield is looking for a temporary home.

It is vacating its quarters in the former H. DeWayne Whittington Primary School this month that will be demolished and rebuilt in the fall after it was hit by waters from Hurricane Sandy.

The temporary site must be in Crisfield under the terms of grant funding restrictions.

A meeting is scheduled with the Somerset County Commissioners sometime this week to see if they can help with finding temporary quarters as well as getting an update on the facilities.