Delaware Seeks Addition Federal Disaster Relief

Feb 18, 2016

Governor Jack Markell (D-De)
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Governor Jack Markell announced that he will ask for $2.5 million in federal disaster relief to rebuild the infrastructure along Delaware’s beaches damaged from the recent storms.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that funds would go toward repairing the northern end of the boardwalk in Rehoboth Beach as well as storm water pipes damaged by the waves.

Money would also go toward trails in state parks such as Gordons Pond in Cape Henlopen State Park.

The governor made the announcement yesterday on his third visit to the replenishment operation at the beaches where plows push more sand into place to protect the shoreline.

There is no new funding for sand replenishment.

More sand is expected later this year as part of the regular maintenance with the federal government throwing in 65 percent while the state picks up the rest.

Restoration of the sand on the beaches is being paid for, in part, by the Army Corps of Engineers keeping the state from getting funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The News Journal reports that Delaware’s congressional delegation is trying to get supplemental funding funds for additional sand.