Flooding strikes coastal communities

Nor'easter number two has come and gone, but it didn't move out without leaving a mark on Delaware's coastal towns, specifically Fenwick Island.

Flooding, snow, heavy rain, more wind, and big waves, we've seen it all on Delmarva, but the coast may have seen the worst.

Hide tide hit Fenwick around noon, raising the flood water to its highest levels.  Neighborhoods around the area found themselves under a river of water due to the second nor'easter to hit delmarva in under a week.

One resident who has lived in Fenwick since 1996 said this was the worst flooding he had seen since Hurricane Sandy.

Driveways and streets became rivers in Fenwick Wednesday, with massive waves crashing to shore on the ocean side, flood waters moved in on the bayside.

"Our son is a meteorologist, and we're going to call him when we get home, because we're still trying to figure out what's going on.  We've had a lot of rain before, and high tides before, but we've never seen it like this before," said local resident Bill Kirsch.

The amazing aspect of the flooding was the amount of rain that fell on the area.  Rainfall was held in check, but the winds coming off of the ocean kept water in the bay that then had no escape but to rush to the bayside shores in Fenwick.

Fenwick wasn't alone dealing with flooding conditions.  Officials in Lewes, Dewey and Bethany beach all reported varying degrees of flooding.

Southbound Route 1 had to be closed off for a period of time between Dewey and Bethany due to flooding.  The highway was reopened for good in the early evening hours.

The flood advisory for the area expired at 6, and the flood waters should continue to recede overnight.

The good news is there appears to be minimal damage from the flooding in Fenwick.

Categories: Delaware, Local News

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