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DE - Officials working to restore Delaware beaches after severe Nor'easter damage

Many Marylanders are getting ready to hit the beaches Memorial Day weekend, including the Delaware beaches - and Delaware officials say they're working hard to repair those coastlines after severe damage from a recent Nor'easter.

Many Marylanders are getting ready to hit the beaches Memorial Day weekend, including the Delaware beaches - and Delaware officials say they're working hard to repair those coastlines after severe damage from a recent Nor'easter.

Cleanup and restoration work began today in Rehoboth Beach, reported the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC). Jesse Hayden, administrator of the department's Shoreline and Waterway Section, said in an earlier press release:

The long duration of the storm and the post-storm wind direction mean we may not see a rapid natural rebuilding of the beach. The dunes did their job protecting our communities from being inundated, but by absorbing the impact of the storm they suffered damage that affects people’s ability to access the beach. Our immediate goal is restore as much safe beach access in as many communities as possible so that beachgoers can enjoy a safe and enjoyable Memorial Day weekend.

The storm, over Mother's Day weekend, devastated Delaware's popular beaches. Bethany Beach was the hardest hit. The town posted drone footage of the damage to the coastline, with the water nearly reaching the fences in some places.

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