Sand dunes holding up in Rehoboth Beach, visitors checking out the view

REHOBOTH BEACH, Del., – In the first state, the remnants of Hurricane Ian are still being felt.

Waves were crashing harder than normal and the winds were intense too but that didn’t stop visitors from checking out the unusual appearance. It is a hazard, however, officials aren’t too concerned about storm damage in the town.

“I’m seeing waves, I’d say they’re about 15 to 20 feet high, they look dangerous. I wouldn’t attempt to go out, it’s very cold this time of year,” says visitor Leila Lord.

Rehoboth Beach looked different than usual, the waves were crashing, the wind was gusting after the remnants of Hurricane Ian. Visitor Leila Lord is in the first states beach town to check in on her horses and said she couldn’t help but to check out the aftermath. “We wanted to come down and take a quick look at the waves, I had no idea they would be this amazingly strong. I don’t think I’ve seen it like this in years,” she said.

An amazing view, that Kevin Williams with Rehoboth Beach public works had to get a look at to see if the dunes were holding up. “We road the beach the tide was out a little bit, it was a lower tide than it is right now so we could pretty much run the whole beach, the condition of the dunes seem to be holding up very well,” says Kevin Williams, director of Rehoboth Beach Public Works.

On Monday you could see the waves in full action but they didn’t appear to be a major threat. “The water was high, the storm is blowing the tide in right now it’s up to the base of the dunes. We didn’t have any damage or anything throughout the town, just some small limbs down from the wind,” says Williams.

For now, the dunes seem to be keeping the town and boardwalk safe but once hurricane Ian’s remnants pass completely, it’s then that public works will get the full picture. “We go back and try to make the crossings as safe as we can, we’ve seen some erosion and really a lot of wind-blown sand, so we’ll try to get those passable again so visitors and folks can get down to the beach,” says Williams.

In Rehoboth Beach, we’re told the city is closing beach access and dune crossings for the remainder of the day from Surfside Place to Brooklyn Avenue.

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