There’s no doubt – all of us who make our homes here in coastal Delaware were severely impacted by the winter storm that barrelled through the area over the past few days. Were we battered? Yes! Were we bruised? Yes! Are we still loving life at the beach? Without a doubt!
It’s just one of those things you have to endure every now and then when living along the Atlantic coast. In the southern United States, there are tornadoes. In the west, there are earthquakes. In the north, frigid and often deadly winters.
Here in the east, we have the potential for damaging storms from time to time. But we’ve seen worse, and we no doubt will again. Each time, we pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off and get back to enjoying what coastal Delaware is all about.
That being said, this storm was historic to say the least. Following the developments on the news and via social media these last few days, it was easy to see that Mother Nature was more than a little bit angry and she let everyone know that she was in charge.
We didn’t receive nearly the amount of snow that forecasters were calling for earlier in the week, but the storm surge and coastal battering were unlike anything this area has seen since the infamous Storm of 1962. That devastating storm is still the one that all others are measured by in coastal Delaware, but this latest one certainly came close.
This storm nearly broke some of those more than 50-year-old records. Take a look at how Winter Storm Jonas measured up:
- Water levels at Lewes last Saturday peaked at 9.15 feet, a storm surge of more than 4 feet. This was higher than during Super Storm Sandy and was historically second only to the storm of 1962, when the water level topped out at 9.2 feet.
- Parts of the Rehoboth Boardwalk buckled during the storm and will need to be rebuilt.
- The area’s dune system, while it prevented more widespread damage, was battered relentlessly. In areas of Rehoboth, as well as in Bethany and South Bethany, the dunes were completely flattened.
- Many coastal roads were flooded and had to be closed, including parts of Route 1 in the Indian River Inlet area.
- Beach erosion throughout the area was extensive.
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The impact of this storm was tremendous. But most can agree that the $100 million spent since the turn of the century on the beach dune system up and down the coast was money well spent. We shudder to think how bad the damage could and would have been had the dunes not been there.
Now, we need a plan to rebuild the beaches, the dunes, the Boardwalk and any other areas impacted by the storm.
And you know what? We will do just that. Just as in 1962, when local communities banded together to help rebuild in time for Memorial Day, we’re confident the same thing will happen now in 2016.
It’s one of the best parts of living here in coastal Delaware. The camaraderie amongst the residents, the banding together in times of need, the genuine caring for one another – it’s what makes this area great.
There are many reasons why Mariya and I choose to call coastal Delaware our home. And one little storm is not going to change how we feel about this wonderful area of the world.
We’re also ready to show you all the great benefits of living at the Delaware beaches. Trust us – we’ll be back to normal in record time from Lewes all the way south to Fenwick Island.
Give us a call and let us show you around!