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
"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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