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September 17, 2003
Volume 33, Number 257
Division of Soil and Water Conservation

Contact: Maria Sadler, Division of Soil and Water, phone: 302-739-3441
or Jason Gleockler, Office of Communications, phone: 302-739-4506

Storm Damage Repairs and Rebuilding In Coastal Areas Must First Be Approved By DNREC

In light of the possibility of coastal erosion and flooding due to Hurricane Isabel, the Division of Soil and Water Conservation want to remind all ocean and Delaware Bay property owners to secure their properties and be aware of repair and rebuilding requirements.

Steps used for access to the beach should be raised or removed and loose objects should be relocated to higher ground. Loose objects such as trash cans, patio pavers, wood, and landscaping materials will become floating debris that can damage your home and your neighbors.

All property owners and contractors should be aware of the regulatory requirements for making repairs and rebuilding in the coastal area. If your dune crossover, dune or any part of your home is damaged during a coastal storm, please contact your local Town or City, the County, and the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, prior to making repairs, to learn what types of repairs and approvals are required and permitted.

"The steps taken to reconstruct wisely will minimize future damage," says Maria Sadler, Shoreline and Waterway Management Section. "This saves time, money and aggravation when the next storm strikes."

If a damaged structure is replaced in the same location, it will most likely be damaged again in future storms. Community and DNREC officials can help you determine proper construction practices for surviving the next storm. Contact the DNREC Division of Soil & Water Conservation, 302-739-4411 to find out what approvals are required and to make an appointment to meet with you and/or your contractor at your property.

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