President Declares Disaster for Delaware

storm jonas, delaware declared disaster area by FEMA, sussex county, dune erosion, storm damage, beach replenishment
Bethany Beach boardwalk walk on beach access after storm Jonas … Photo by Kevin Jones

WASHINGTON, D.C.  – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency announced that federal disaster aid has been made available to the State of Delaware to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by the severe winter storm and flooding during the period of January 22-23, 2016.

The President’s action makes federal funding available to state and local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the severe winter storm and flooding in Sussex County.

Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.

Donald L. Keldsen has been named as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area. Keldsen said additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the state and warranted by the results of further damage assessments.



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Storm Jonas certainly pummeled the Delaware coastline.  From a close source …    “Just to be clear the loss of sand from the beaches and dunes along the ocean isn’t eligible for disaster relief (because they are federal projects) and weren’t part of the request. Mostly damage along the Delaware Bay, Fish and Wildlife recreational facilities, parks and boardwalks etc.   FEMA cant cover (through disaster relief) the loss of sand from a beach or dune in Rehoboth because that project is a Corps project. FEMA CAN cover damage to the storm water outfall pipes that run under the beach.  Beach or dune work in Bethany, or any of the other beach towns along the ocean is completely separate from FEMAs disaster declaration that was announced last night.”  

SO for those thinking there will be beach replenishment form this announcement or money … there will not be.   I am sure eventually a timeline will be announced by the feds and state for these projects and we will keep you posted.

Fish On!!

Rich King

Dune Breach  in Dewey Beach …

Dune Rebuilding by DNREC …


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