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The city of Crisfield is working on improving its infrastructure.

City Manager Rick Pollitt told WBOC that the town has an aging problem but notes that it is not a wealthy municipality.

Pollitt said the town has received $4 million in state and federal grants and loans.

He told the television station that among the projects is its water system including two major pump stations.

Pollitt also said that another grant will help to develop a plan to deal with flooding.

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It may be warming up but weather forecasters say we should expect a nor’ easter in early April.

Rain is expected to fall up and down the Eastern Seaboard from Maine to Florida.

USA Today reports that snow could also hit the Northeast as far down as Pennsylvania.

AccuWeather says that the coastal areas are expected to be the hardest hit with rain heavy enough to cause flooding in urban and poor drainage areas.

Small streams are also expected to affect.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Ralph Northam has proposed a package of environmental legislation aimed at safely disposing of coal ash, helping coastal communities deal with flooding caused by climate change and continuing the cleanup of the Chesapeake Bay.

The legislative agenda unveiled Thursday includes the Coastal Protection Act. The law would allow the state to use an estimated $50 million in revenue from the sale of carbon pollution credits for coastal resilience projects.  It also would dedicate funds for economic transition for coal communities.

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A new report finds that the Eastern Shore will be far more susceptible than other parts of the state to sea level rise if the emission of greenhouse gases continue to increase over the next 100 years.

That’s according to new projections by the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has signed an executive order aimed to boosting the state's ability to deal with rising sea levels and natural disasters.

Northam signed an order Friday that, among other things, mandates the creation of a "Coastal Resilience Master Plan" to protect the state's coastal areas.

Northam says the wide-ranging order is needed in part because extreme weather events are becoming more frequent and intense.

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Delmarva may be able to avoid the heavy damage of Hurricane Florence as the storm has shifted southward more towards the Carolinas.

Scott Schuman with the National Weather Service told the Salisbury Daily Times that the region appears to have been spared major problems.

A moderate storm surge is expect along the Maryland and Virginia coasts.

But expect high winds of up to 35 mph as the storm approaches the coastline.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -Virginia's governor has ordered a mandatory evacuation for some residents of low-lying coastal areas as Hurricane Florence approaches the East Coast.

Gov. Ralph Northam announced at a press conference Monday that the evacuation order set to begin Tuesday at 8 a.m. applies to parts of the Hampton Roads area and Eastern Shore. State officials say 245,000 people live in the affected area.

Northam says the evacuation zone includes the most flood-prone coastal areas.

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ELLICOTT CITY, Md. (AP) - Authorities say flood-prone Ellicott City in Maryland, scene of deadly flooding in May, is holding its own against heavy rains.

Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman tweeted late Wednesday that runoff waters have not breached the key canal near Main Street in that city. He adds the channel is capable of handling the rainfall but urges residents to keep close watch.

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VIRGINA BEACH, Va. (AP) - Virginia's largest city is opening a shelter for residents in the wake of flooding from excessive rain and wind-driven tides.

The Virginian-Pilot reported Tuesday that southern portions of Virginia Beach have been impacted by flooding. The city has already closed some roads. And residents say water has begun to enter some structures.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan is asking for a presidential disaster declaration following a severe storm and flooding that hit the Baltimore area last month, devastating Ellicott City.

The governor announced the request Monday in a news release, which also said his earlier request for a disaster declaration for Frederick and Washington counties had been granted.

Those western Maryland counties were hit by flooding in mid-May.

The most recent request covers Baltimore County, Baltimore city and Howard County.

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Chincoteague residents heard from those vying for three of the six seats on the town council at a forum this week.

And there were lots of questions for the two incumbents Ben Ellis and Ellen Richardson as well as three challengers Alex Tucker, Matthew Reed and Harry Thornton.

Nearly topping the agenda for several candidates was widening the inlet and the impact on the southern part of Chincoteague.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that incumbent Ellis said the resulting flooding would be high on his list.

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Expect icy roads this morning in Delaware after a second nor’easter swept the state with as much as 10 inches of snow.

In Greenville it was 10.4 inches while White clay Creek saw 7.6 inches.

In Brandywine Hundred the total was nearly 7 inches while in Hockessin it was 6 inches.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that officials urge drivers to be on the lookout for fallen trees, tree limbs and downed power lines.

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OCEAN CITY, N.J. (AP) - Scientists and people living in back-bay areas behind barrier islands in New Jersey and other places say flooding is increasing even as the problem gets less attention and money than flooding along the ocean.

Studies are underway in several places on ways to protect against flooding in these areas, but easy solutions are few.

With so many homes built in or on the edge of wetlands, building sand dunes is not an option.

Bulkheads, elevating houses and restoring marshes are among potential options.

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There’s a coastal flood warning in effect for Kent and Sussex Counties until 11 a.m.

In Accomack County it will be in effect until 10 a.m.

While the ocean looked a little bit angry the Salisbury Daily Times reports that Ocean City officials say there was little flooding being reported.

Winds were expected to move north and northwest with speeds of up to 30 mph with some gusts as high as 35 mph.

Most of the damage from the high winds hit trees.

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - For some neighborhoods in Virginia Beach, the long recovery from flooding caused by Hurricane Matthew is just beginning.

On Saturday, emergency management crews and other officials toured several communities where homes were damaged.

Virginia Beach emergency manager Erin Sutton says the teams saw more than 600 homes, and about 100 sustained major damage. Some had more than a foot of water inside. Many homeowners whose property was damaged did not have flood insurance.

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There are still detours and closures in Worcester County  in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew.

WBOC reports that the rain damaged Big Mill Road in Stockton and Langmaid Road in Newark.

There were downed trees and wires that blocked traffic at the south end of Big Mill Road.

The flood waters and downed trees wiped out part of the highway south of Stockton.

Meanwhile, WBOC reports that repair crews were out on Langmaid Road repairing the shoulder.

In addition, Whiton Crossing Road in Berlin also saw downed trees because of the flooding.

Heavy Rains Hit Delmarva

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More than 12 inches of rain hit Sussex County yesterday with a coastal flood watch this morning and a flash flood watch warning.

Areas include include the counties of Worcester, Wicomico, Sussex, Kent Delaware, and Caroline.

The heaviest rains hit the eastern portion of the county with strong winds whipping through the region.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Harbeson received the highest rainfall of just over 12 inches with Stockely coming in at just over 9 inches.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Four Maryland breweries are collaborating on a beer dubbed "Ryelief" that will benefit businesses affected by flooding in July.

The beer is being released Wednesday. The breweries say 100 percent of the proceeds from the beer's sale will be donated to the Ellicott City Partnership fund to benefit businesses in Ellicott City as well as the fund assisting Nepenthe Homebrew in Baltimore, which was also damaged by flooding July 30.

The flooding killed two people and devastated the Ellicott City historic district.

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ELLICOTT CITY, Md. (AP) - A portion of Ellicott City's Main Street is re-opening after flooding last month.

Howard County officials said in a statement that beginning Wednesday a portion of the western end of Main Street that sustained minor or no damage in the July 30 flooding will be re-opened. Businesses at the western end of the street and along Tonge Row will be able to to re-open.

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ELLICOTT CITY, Md. (AP) - County and state officials in Maryland are gathering recovery resources for people affected by flooding over the weekend in Ellicott City.

Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman and Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford plan to attend the recovery and information session for residents and businesses Monday afternoon with representatives of county and state agencies and nonprofits offering resources.

Two people were killed when the town about 14 miles west of Baltimore took on 6.5 inches of water within hours Saturday night.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The federal government is offering loans to help homeowners and businesses clean up after floods swept through parts of the state last month.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe's administration says the low-interest disaster loans through the U.S. Small Businesses Association are available in the counties of Alleghany, Bath, Coutetourt, Craig, Rockbridge and the city of Covington.

Renters and groups like charities, churches and private universities can also apply.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Road crews are set to begin work on a project aimed at alleviating flooding problems on the main road running through the Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge.

Gov. Jack Markell and U.S. Sen. Tom Carper were among the guests scheduled to attend a ground breaking ceremony Monday for bridge construction and road improvements on Prime Hook Road.

Flood waters typically inundate and damage the road during heavy coastal storms.

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Federal disaster relief is coming to Delaware to rebuild the infrastructure damaged during winter storm in January.

President Obama signed the Delaware Disaster Declaration bill sending aid to those areas of the state hit by the snowstorm and flooding in late January.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that many of the dunes disappeared under the heavy flooding along the coastal areas.

There will be money for the north end of the Rehoboth Beach boardwalk and the storm water pipes that were damaged because of the heavy waves.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Winter storm and coastal flood warnings have been issued for Delaware as a winter storm bears down on the mid-Atlantic region.

The storm warning took effect at midnight and remains in effect until 6 a.m. Wednesday.

On the mid-shore this includes Kent Counties in both Maryland and Delaware as well as Queen Annie’s County.

The coastal flood warning is in effect through noon today, with moderate to minor flooding during this morning's high tide.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The South and East are bracing for a nor'easter at week's end with the potential for significant snowfall.

The National Weather Service's Weather Prediction Center warns of heavy, "perhaps crippling" snow across the northern mid-Atlantic region, including Baltimore, Washington and Philadelphia.

On Wednesday, the weather service issued blizzard and winter storm watches for parts of Maryland, Washington, Virginia and West Virginia. The watches start as early as Thursday and stretch into Saturday.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Four Virginia counties have received federal disaster designations for farmers stemming from flooding last fall.

The Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services said Thursday that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has issued primary disaster designations for Isle of Wight, Patrick, Southampton and Surry counties.

Nine counties and three cities that border those four counties also were designated as contiguous disaster areas.

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Delaware’s Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control unveiled proposals for dealing with the drainage problems in Oak Orchard.

Last night the public got its first look at some of projects that state officials will be tackling to hand the flooding that the town is prone to.

WBOC reports that one would set up drainage systems where the flooding occurs most in the town.

In addition, an effort could be made to beef up of the tidal barriers for culverts that lead into the river.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A $7.5 million project to replace the failing bulkhead on City Dock in Annapolis has begun.

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There are some new military style vehicles around South Bethany Beach.

They have been acquired by the local police department and include a military grade boat and a Humvee.

WBOC reports they would be used for emergencies such as evacuations during stormy weather.

During flooding when the National Guard does not step in the vehicles will help police navigate the streets.

Police Chief Troy Crowson told the television station that they will also allow his officers to carry out inspections rather than borrow or rent a boat.

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Residents in Oak Orchard, Delaware are calling for repairs to the drainage system as the waters still have not receded from the recent stormy weather.

WBOC reports that a number of residents said there was still a foot or so of water on the streets.

The state has provided $350-thousand for the engineering survey for the five places with the worst flooding.

In late-October a meeting is scheduled in Oak Orchard to take up the drainage issues.

The total amount of funds provided by the state for its drainage program is $3 million.

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