A major five-town beach replenishment project is making its way up the Sussex County coast, restarting now after delays in South Bethany. After completion of replenishment in Fenwick Island and with work now ongoing in South Bethany, dredging will continue north to Bethany Beach, Dewey Beach and Rehoboth Beach, finishing by Memorial Day 2012.
It’s getting a lot harder for people driving across the Indian River Inlet Bridge to see through the gap between north and south sides of the new bridge as they drive past, with the time for the final concrete pour of the project nearing and just 10 feet of space remaining between the two cantilevered portions of the bridge deck.
Coastal Delaware began its recovery from Hurricane Irene as torrential rains and gale-force winds cleared on Sunday morning, dealing generally with localized flooding and power outages, as well as downed trees and broken limbs – a considerably lesser impact than had been feared from the first hurricane to hit the state in recorded history.
Coastal Delaware began its recovery from Hurricane Irene on Sunday, dealing with localized flooding and power outages, as well as downed trees and broken limbs. Gov. Jack Markell lifted a travel ban and evacuation orders for at-risk areas as of 11 a.m. on Aug. 28, advising caution for those who did choose to travel.
From Ocean View Police Chief Ken McLaughlin (7 a.m. Sunday):
At this time, no damage to property has been reported in Ocean View. Power outage remains east of West Avenue in Ocean View and throughout Bethany Beach.
From Ocean View Police Department (11:45 p.m.):
Over the past hour, winds and rain subsided. Police patrols were initiated and all roadways in town are reported to be open. Power is still out on the east side of West Avenue and in Bethany Beach. Many trees have fallen, however, at this time there has been no report of damage.
BREAKING NEWS: Police withdraw to station, power out in Ocean View and Bethany, downed trees reported
UPDATED (8:45 p.m.) Conditions in Ocean View remain the same. Reports have been received that a tornado touched down in the Lewes area and 15 homes were damaged/destroyed.
The National Guard has assigned a unit to the OV EOC. National Guard troops will be paired with OVPD officers during morning patrols.
Level 2 driving restrictions will be in place in Sussex County starting at 6 p.m.; then in Kent County starting from 8 p.m.; and in New Castle County starting from 10 p.m. This means that non-emergency travel will be prohibited. Those who are evacuating from flooding or flood-prone areas, including to shelters, are exempt.
BREAKING NEWS: Indian River Inlet Bridge closing, tornado warning briefly issued, more safety information released
Indian River Inlet Bridge closing, conditions deteriorating as Irene approaches
As conditions across Delmarva have started to deteriorate with the approach of Hurricane Irene, the Delaware Department of Transportation has announced that the Indian River Inlet Bridge could be closed as early as 3 p.m. on Saturday but would definitely be closed by 4 p.m.
BREAKING NEWS: Evacuation-zone residents should be out now; conditions worsening ahead of Irene's arrival
Hurricane Irene begins making its way into Sussex County
Those evacuating at-risk areas should be out; conditions will worsen quickly as day progresses
The National Weather Service has issued a Hurricane Warning and Flood Watch for the area, as Hurricane Irene comes ashore and heads toward Delmarva. The storm has been downgraded to a Category 1 storm, but it remains near Category 2 strength, with winds near 100 mph.
BREAKING NEWS: Evacuation of Sussex County continues, those within .75 miles of water must leave now
The evacuation of Sussex County’s most vulnerable areas continued Friday evening as Hurricane Irene, now slightly weaker but still a very dangerous storm, remained on a collision course with the eastern United States, including Sussex County and the rest of Delaware.
Residents of coastal and bayfront towns should be out by 9 a.m. Saturday
Delaware Gov. Jack Markell has declared a mandatory evacuation for much of the Coastal Point readership area. Everyone in towns including Fenwick Island, Bethany Beach, North Bethany, Dewey Beach, Rehoboth Beach, Lewes, Long Neck, Oak Orchard, and Broadkill, Primehook and Slaughter beaches is being required to evacuate prior to 9 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 27.
As of a final update from state emergency officials for Thursday night, the projected path of Hurricane Irene continued to place the powerful storm slightly to the east of Delaware’s Atlantic Coast, however, emergency management officials and their partners were advising the public to take precautions and to be prepared to enact their household and business emergency plans as it moves closer.
Delaware Gov. Jack Markell issued an evacuation order for visitors in Sussex County on Thursday evening as the most significant tropical threat to the region in years continued its march toward the East Coast, expected to bring with it hurricane-force winds, catastrophic tidal flooding and torrential rains throughout much of the weekend.
Residents urged to prepare ahead of possible 100 mph winds
Due to the impending and potentially very dangerous Hurricane Irene, all those who planned to visit Delaware the weekend of Aug. 26-28 are being urged to postpone plans immediately. Gov. Jack Markell and emergency management officials stated mid-day Thursday that weather conditions will not allow safe travel and lodging in the beach areas and possibly throughout other areas of the state.
Don’t know what to do with that ugly old bridesmaid dress? How about that old VCR? Here’s a thought — throw it in the ocean!
On March 22, the Town of South Bethany sent out 1,317 surveys to property owners, with a return due date of May 2, 2011.
For the past six years, the Mogan family has been vacationing in South Bethany.
Although the rain was not coming down quite as hard as it had on July 4, according to Bob Powell of the Millville Volunteer Fire Company, it was still “raining cats and dogs” on Tuesday afternoon, and the thunder and lightning of the sudden storm caused the fire company to shut their engine bays for a time to keep everyone safe.
Emergency officials were preparing mid-week for an anticipated spike in the heat wave that hit the area early this week, with temperatures expected to be at or above 100 degrees Thursday, Friday and Saturday, July 21-23. They were urging residents and visitors alike to monitor the weather and take precautions for their health and safety.
For 20 years, the South Bethany Seafood Market has been outfitting dinner tables throughout the community with some of the freshest seafood available, and, somehow, people are still just finding out about them. Since acquiring the carry-out hotspot in the South Bethany Seaside Village Shopping Center six years ago, owners Andrew and Zea Keiper have been turning customers onto one of the area’s best-kept secrets.
Following just one day of trial, on June 7, former Lewes pediatrician Earl Bradley on Wednesday awaited the ruling of Delaware Superior Judge William Carpenter Jr. on charges of rape, sexual assault and sexual exploitation of former patients.
Summer officially begins in two weeks, but already Sussex County is weathering its second blast of extreme heat this year, as daytime temperatures in the upper 90s – and heat indexes above 100 degrees – are expected to send residents and visitors in search of relief.
The new Indian River Inlet Bridge is on track to open to traffic in December, transportation officials reported this week, with the two sides of the bridge expected to meet sometime in October.
“Lifetimes have passed” and “not in my lifetime” have been familiar thoughts for many in the area when it comes to the dredging of one local waterway, but for a local business owner, the timing is just right.
The South Bethany Historical Society is seeking volunteers to help in its efforts to preserve and promote the history of South Bethany.
Members of the South Bethany Property Owner’s Association (SBPOA) this week agreed that, effectively immediately, the group’s newsletter will only be mailed once per year, with its membership drive. It will be distributed by email three additional times each year.
Beach replenishment work in South Bethany that was originally scheduled to take place this spring has now been pushed back a second time, from June to November of 2011, in the wake of concerns about the impact of the project on the town’s summer season.