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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland officials say they will appeal the Federal Emergency Management Agency's denial of a request for individual assistance for residents of the lower Eastern Shore in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.
Ken Mallette, the director of the Maryland Emergency Management Agency, announced plans to appeal the decision on Tuesday.
FEMA notified Gov. Martin O'Malley on Monday of the decision to deny the individual assistance declaration.