Hurricane Sandy

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11:43 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Somerset County on Track with Sandy Relief Money

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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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8:57 am
Tue August 5, 2014

Youth Program in Crisfield Looks for Temporary Quarters

It Takes A Village Youth Program
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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.

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8:36 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Wallops Facility Restores Shoreline After Hurricane Sandy

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The Wallops Flight Facility on the Eastern Shore of Virginia is restoring the shoreline lost to Hurricane Sandy which gouged out 1.2 million cubic yards of sand. 

Paul Bull, the deputy chief for facilities at Wallops Island, told WBOC that the beach keeps water away from the NASA launch site and protects $1.2 billion of state and federal assets.

The restoration is being aided by federal Sandy relief money to help NASA and its partners with the $11.4 million project.

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9:01 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Maryland and Delaware Get Hurricane Sandy Relief Funds

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Federal officials say Maryland has been awarded more than $7 million in grants for projects to protect communities against damage from future storms.

The U.S. Department of the Interior's Hurricane Sandy Coastal Resilience Grant Program announced the grants to 11 states in the eastern U.S. on Monday.

The largest grant was $3.5 million to create 25 acres of new salt marsh and increase salt marsh productivity at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge and Fishing Bay Wildlife Management Area in Dorchester County.

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1:41 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Sandy Relief Funds For Somers Cove Public Housing Units

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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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1:43 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Effects of Hurricane Sandy Closes Bridge in Brandywine Creek State Park

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - State parks officials say they have permanently closed a bridge in a park near Wilmington after damage from Superstorm Sandy and flooding rendered it unsafe.

According to a notice posted on the website of the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, Rocky Run Bridge in Brandywine Creek State Park has been found to be unsafe for any use. Officials say that includes foot and cycling traffic.

After Sandy in 2012, traffic was limited to pedestrian use. Further flooding weakened the bridge's support structure.

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8:37 am
Tue December 3, 2013

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Marks Opening of Crisfield City Dock

Crisfield Dock Construction
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Senator Barbara Mikulski was on hand for the dedication of the new City Dock in Crisfield which was severely damaged by Hurricane Sandy a year ago.

Mayor Percy Purnell told the gathering that he was cutting the ribbon on the dock, which he said the city desperately needs to kick start town's economic recovery.

The 30-year old City Dock had been scheduled for repairs when the storm hit.

Meanwhile, Mikulski called the dock the symbol and the reality of economic development and revitalization.

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8:35 am
Mon October 28, 2013

Delaware's Successful Comeback From Hurricane Sandy

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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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8:30 am
Mon October 28, 2013

Crisfield Breaks Ground for New Library

Senator Jim Mathias (D-Worcester County)
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In Crisfield officials broke ground this weekend for a new 15-thousand square-foot library.

On hand was state Senator Jim Mathias who called it a beautiful day for the town that last year was hit by Superstorm Sandy.

The old library is a cramped and aging structure on East Main Street but did escape damage from the 5-foot storm surge.

Plans for a new library laid in 2007 were pushed forward with a library campaign as a result of the storm.

Construction is expected to take a year or so.

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8:48 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Nearly $20 Million More for Restoration at Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge

Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge
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Another $19.8 million will be coming to the Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge for restoration in the wake of the storm-damage done to the beach and marsh south of Fowler Beach Road.

That’s in addition to $20 million set aside for beach and dune restoration after the refuge shore line was breached during Hurricane Sandy.

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9:13 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Beach Replenishment Comes to Rehoboth Shores

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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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9:20 am
Mon August 19, 2013

Potential City Property for Hurricane Sandy Recovery Effort

John Phoebus, chair of Long Term Recovery Committee
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Some city owned properties in Crisfield could become sites for new homes for Hurricane Sandy victims.

The City Council has decided to donate the properties to the Somerset County Long Term Recovery Committee for potential homeowners.

Joyce Morgan, the city’s clerk-treasurer told the Salisbury Daily Times that there are around 10 locations that were acquired after county tax sales that might be suitable.

In addition, two more were donated to the city.

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9:04 am
Tue July 16, 2013

Crab Population Down This Year

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Not as many crabs are showing up this year on the boats of watermen in the Chesapeake Bay this year.

Jack Brooks, a co-owner at J.M. Clayton Company in Cambridge told WBOC that he believes Hurricane Sandy which killed a large number of crabs last October may be one reason for the decline.

Other reasons he said include an overabundance of striped bass and other fish that are feeding on small crabs.

He said the protected fish like striped bass need to be fished more to even out the ecosystem.

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10:46 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Smith Islanders Won't Get Buyouts From Hurricane Relief

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No buyouts for home property owners on Smith Island.

The provision has been removed from a Hurricane Sandy recovery plan for Somerset County following overwhelming opposition from state officials.

The announcement by Raymond Skinner, Secretary of Housing and Community Development came as a surprise to the County Commissioners and Smith Islanders during a special meeting yesterday.

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8:59 am
Mon June 3, 2013

Crisfield Beach Reopens After Hurricane Sandy

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The Crisfield Beach is open for summertime tourists.

City officials say that there was some $120-thousand in damages with much of the sand having disappeared as a result of Hurricane Sandy last year.

WBOC reports that private donations and some city funding help restore the beaches so that sunbathers can bask on the shores just as they did before.

Wayne Swift of Crisfield told the station that the beach is extremely important to nearby damaged neighborhoods.

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11:07 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Hurricane Sandy Buyout Funds Reduced for Smith Island Residents

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Money for buyouts from the Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts in Somerset County has been cut in half to $1 million for Smith Island residents with $1 million shifted to housing rehabilitation. 

The buyout money was left in despite efforts by County Commissioners to have it removed.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Raymond Skinner, Secretary of Housing and Community Development, said the funds were left in the plan because of differing views among islanders.

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10:48 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Storm Damaged Ocean City Fishing Pier Reopens Today

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Ocean City officials are set to reopen the landmark fishing pier that was destroyed by Superstorm Sandy.

Mayor Rick Meehan will make the ceremonial "first cast" from the reconstructed Ocean City Fishing Pier on Friday morning.

The resort town sustained minimal damage during the historic storm that battered the New Jersey shore last October. But the fishing pier, first built in 1907, collapsed into the ocean.

The nearly 500-foot pier has now been rebuilt and will be open to visitors for the busy Memorial Day weekend.

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11:24 am
Wed May 15, 2013

No Buy Out Money for Smith Island Homeowners

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There will be no property buyouts for those on Smith Island from the $8.6 million Hurricane Sandy recovery money.

The Somerset County commissioners agreed to eliminate it as an option.

John Del Duco is with Smith Island United, an organization that is seeking fair treatment, when it comes to federal money from the county’s Community Development Block grant funds.

He said that his group agrees with the decision by the commissioners.

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9:41 am
Thu April 18, 2013

Smith Island Excluded from Federal "Sandy" Rehab Help

Smith Island
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Smith Island homeowners will not be getting federal money for damage suffered during Hurricane Sandy.

During a meeting with state officials Tuesday night they said that all of the Community Development Block Grant funding will be directed to the county for recovery efforts.

$5 million of it will go to rehabilitate and elevate houses in Crisfield and other storm damaged areas.

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9:19 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Federal Funds for Damage in Delaware from Hurricane Sandy

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Officials say Delaware has been awarded more than $1 million in federal assistance for Superstorm Sandy recovery efforts.

Officials say recent obligations include projects totaling more than $816,877 in public assistance funding, bringing the total amount of Federal Emergency Management Agency funding so far to $1.2 million.

Additional funding is expected following state and federal review and approval.

Public assistance funding was made available for all three counties in November when the president declared a major disaster for Delaware.

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9:33 am
Mon April 1, 2013

A 40 Year Old Plan to Halt Erosion at the Indian River Inlet Bridge

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The Army Corps of Engineers are now on the verge of completing an erosion reduction plan for the Indian River Inlet bridge that they drew up more than 40 years ago.

The project is being financed through the Sandy relief bill that includes funding for the original design after damage done by the storm.

It will involve construction of a huge dune along the coastal highway bridge. 

The plan is to pump 500-thousand cubic yards of sand to build a dune averaging 16 feet high allowing for, at least, a 50 foot wide beach.

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9:18 am
Tue March 19, 2013

No New Station for Crisfield Police Department

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There will be no new police station in Crisfield.

Mayor Percy Purnell exercised his executive power to kill the project that would have moved the department to a former bank building.

The Mayor said that the town just did not have the money with the budget looking at an $83-thousand overrun.

The Police Department moved it operations to the bank temporarily during Hurricane Sandy at the end of October after the roof collapsed at the station.

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9:35 am
Fri February 22, 2013

$150,000 in Grant Money for Somerset County Hurricane Victims

Crisfield during Hurricane Sandy
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United Way for the Lower Eastern Shore says it is getting $150-thousand in grant money to help out communities in Somerset County which is trying to recover from Hurricane Sandy.

The funds come from the group’s Hurricane Sandy Recovery Fund.

Rick Nelson, vice chair of the organization’s county branch, told WBOC that there were many elderly people on fixed incomes who are living “hand to mouth” in the wake of the Superstorm.

The date to begin filing for help is February 28 with their offices in Salisbury, Princess Anne and Crisfield.

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9:41 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Tourism in Delaware Expected Uptick

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It may only be early February but the Rehoboth-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce says it’s getting inundated with calls by potential first-time visitors.

These are many who normally show up at the beaches that have been devastated by Hurricane Sandy.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the Chamber has allocated another $20-thousand for marketing in communities that typically see residents visit the resorts in Long island, New York or northern New Jersey.

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9:06 am
Tue February 5, 2013

Meeting to Help Somerset County Survivors of Hurricane Sandy

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Somerset County residents will get a chance to find out what help they might get if they suffered damage from Hurricane Sandy now that the federal and state agencies have departed.

A meeting of the Somerset County Long Term Recovery Committee will host a town hall meeting at Crisfield High School Wednesday night at 6 pm to outline what the committee could offer.

John Phoebus, chair of the group, said help would be available to anyone who applied for help from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

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8:45 am
Thu January 17, 2013

Mikulski Promises More Aid to Somerset County After Hurricane Sandy


Senator Barbara Mikulski told the residents of Crisfield that she intends to send more money to help them rebuild in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.


During a tour of the damaged areas in Somerset County the Maryland Democrat told them that she along with fellow Senator Ben Cardin and Governor Martin O’Malley had lobbied to get the Federal Emergency Management Agency to reverse its initial denial of benefits to individuals.

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9:12 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Senator Mikulski To Tour Crisfield

CRISFIELD, Md. (AP) - Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski will visit the city of Crisfield to observe recovery efforts that are ongoing in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.


Mikulski, a Democrat, will be given a tour by Crisfield Mayor P.J. Purnell. Mikulski's office says 585 homes in Crisfield sustained damage as a result of the hurricane, and 71 homes had major


damage. More than 50 businesses were also affected by the storm.

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11:54 am
Fri January 11, 2013

Senator Cardin Tours Storm Damage in Somerset County

Crisfield Dock
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Senator Ben Cardin told the residents of Somerset County yesterday that they will not be forgotten in the wake of damage left behind by Hurricane Sandy. 


The Federal Emergency Management Agency had initially denied certain funds for the area but reversed its decision with the president declaring the County a major disaster area.


The Maryland Democrat toured the community yesterday and told the County Commissioners…what happened in Somerset County has changed the way disaster assistance is handled.

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12:06 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

Hurricane Sandy Could Imperil Red Knot Shorebird

The after affects of Hurricane Sandy could imperil the red knot shore bird at the Mispillion Harbor in Delaware and the New Jersey Beaches, say wildlife experts.


The shorebird stops off in the area to gorge on crab eggs during the spring on its way to Arctic breeding grounds.


Tom Kelsch, vice president for conservation programs at the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, also told the Wilmington News Journal that one of the biggest problems is to make sure the Delaware Bay shore has enough sandy beach for horseshoe crabs to spawn this spring.

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8:53 am
Mon December 10, 2012

Beefing Up Storm Infrastructure Along Delaware Coast

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The Coastal dikes of northern Delaware are getting a second look by officials as efforts get underway to shore them after the damage left by Hurricane Sandy.


Last week Governor Jack Markell asked for $143 million from a proposed $60 billion supplemental bill on Capitol Hill for recovery efforts from the storm.


Delaware plans to use $15 million for aging and weakened dikes and dams in New Castle, Delaware City southwestern Sussex County and other parts of the state.

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