Superstorm Sandy

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Hermine is expected to begin weakening as it churns hundreds of miles offshore in the Atlantic Ocean.

But forecasters are warning it could continue to impact areas from New York to southern New England with pounding waves, coastal flooding and beach erosion before it moves out to sea.

There is a coastal flood advisory in effect through 8 p.m. along the Delmarva shores.

A tropical storm warning remains in effect Tuesday from Long Island to Massachusetts.

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.

The Federal Emergency Management agency is investigating 45-hundred households that it says may have received overpayments  in the wake of Superstorm Sandy.

After hurricane Sandy hit FEMA sent out some $1.4 billion in aid to residents along the East Coast – especially in New York and New Jersey.

In Maryland Somerset County residents were hit the hardest.

And many are now just getting their homes rebuilt.

Tina Throne, a Somerset County resident, told WBOC that she was surprised to hear some people may have to pay money back.

REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. (AP) - Beach replenishment is nearing completion at the Indian River Inlet and moving north to Lewes.

The News Journal reports  that work to repair erosion caused by Superstorm Sandy last year is already complete in Fenwick Island, Bethany, Dewey and Rehoboth beaches. The state received nearly $30 million in federal funds to restore the beaches to a width of about 200 feet from the surf line to the dunes.

EASTON, Md. (AP) - The Department of Housing and Urban Development is awarding $19 million in aid to Maryland communities hit by Superstorm Sandy.

Sen. Barbara Mikulski and Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown  announced the funding through the Community Development Block Grant program this morning in Easton.

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BERLIN, Md. (AP) - Assateague Island National Seashore says two parking lots should be moved inland to prepare for the next big storm on Maryland's coast.

The proposal comes after Superstorm Sandy had a significant impact on the park last year. The Daily Times reports Maryland became eligible to receive emergency funds for federally owned roads to finance the parking lot relocations.

WORCESTER CO., Md. - After a ten month closure, a near casualty of Superstorm Sandy, is now back in working order.

The Public Landing Pier in Worcester County, which was severely damaged in Superstorm Sandy in October 2012, has officially been repaired, and is once again open to the public.

WMDT reports that the repairs cost more than $198,225, which was covered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and insurance settlement funds, along with unobligated funds from the Public Landing Bulkhead/Marina Project.

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Maryland and Delaware tourism officials say there’s been a 20 percent uptick in information requests about activities in the region.

And there were similar spikes in Web traffic from the New Jersey and New York areas this year.

Whether they will come is still not clear.

Joseph Seneca, professor at Rutgers University released as study in January, saying they will after the damage inflicted by Superstorm Sandy.

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - A research team is looking at the effects that Superstorm Sandy had on birds and plants in tidal marshes from Maine to Virginia.

For the study, technicians have visited hundreds of marshes to assess bird populations and measure vegetation.

At the end of July the U.S. Army Corps of engineers is set to begin replenishing the sand dunes on the north side of the Indian River Inlet.

It will involve dredging 400-thousand cubic yards of sand from the ocean floor to replace the sand that was lost to Hurricane Sandy last year.

$6.6 million under the Superstorm’s relief package from Washington will being spent on the project while another $19 million go to the rehabilitation of the breaches at Fenwick Island, South Bethany, Dewey and Rehoboth.