Broadkill Beach Took A Beating
Every nor’easter carves up Broadkill Beach more and more
The waves and wind pummeled Broadkill Beach. Delaware bay beaches are usually calm and have smaller beaches. Hardly any real dunes and usually just look like the edge of any relatively calm bay or big lake. Until the storms crank up the conditions.
When we helped move horseshoe crabs for the berm project. It was something like eighteen feet tall. I remember asking aren’t you all worried y will have a eighteen foot sand cliff here at some point. I’d guess now at the tallest it is about ten feet. The wind has done its job moving the berm sand around. Which is good, the alternative would have been a big leap to he beach
The berm at Broadkill Beach by design was to protect the houses and create a much wider beach. Both of those are happening now, but you have to be a mountain goat to climb to the beach. The cliff or drop off is at least eight feet high at the main walk on area. Near the Broadkill Beach Store. I figure about eight to ten more nor’easters will eventually carve the rest of the berm away. Based on how much is lost after each storm, compared to what is left.
Eventually DNREC will be fixing these crossovers. For now it is not an easy walk down. The edge of the sand cliff is just that, sand. Standing on the edge will cause it to collapse and you with it. Be careful if you visit there. The next best spot is Beach Plum Island State park which is fine and has a much wider beach now. That is the other aftereffect of these storms. That sand washes to Beach Plum, widens the beach, filing in the holes and increasing the sandbars’ sizes. Roosevelt inlet gets a bunch of the sand as well.