- Associated Press - Monday, October 5, 2015

The latest on flooding and impacts of a nor’easter that moved through the region.

4:30 p.m.

Delaware officials say the nor’easter that pummeled the mid-Atlantic region over the weekend did significant damage to beach dunes in Bethany and South Bethany.

State shoreline administrator Tony Pratt says upward of 30 percent of the dunes were lost at those two locations.

But he says the dunes did what they are supposed to do, which is to protect the roads and other infrastructure behind them.

Pratt says he is disappointed but not surprised by the dune loss, but that he is concerned that future storms this winter could do more damage to the shoreline.

But he also notes that a spell of calm weather and milder waves over the next few weeks could allow beach areas currently covered by water to reappear and gradually recover through natural processes.

As tides recede and the waves calm, workers will begin moving beach sand into the dune crossings, which now have sharp dropoffs, before pushing sand back up to the vertical face of the dunes.

1:45 p.m.

The beach has reopened in Ocean City, but officials are asking people to avoid areas where crews are cleaning up and stay out of the ocean.

Officials are warning people to stay out of the water to avoid dangerous rip currents that occur after storms.

Spokeswoman Jessica Waters said Monday that public works crews will have their hands full for the next week or two. Crews are moving sand and repairing the fence along the Boardwalk, but she says the town fared better than expected.

Officials say the preparations of residents and employees meant that there were no injuries and minimal city-wide damage.

1:05 p.m.

High water in is closing some schools in the lower Eastern Shore.

The Daily Times reports (https://delmarvane.ws/1LbiJgc) Somerset County schools Superintendent John Gaddis announced on Twitter that county schools would be closed Monday, adding that “The flooding was much more than we expected.”

County schools spokesman Leo Lawson says high water on roads in Crisfield and other areas is making travel problematic. He says there’s no indication that any schools experienced flooding or other storm damage. He says one school is having problems with its heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems. He says officials hope schools will reopen on Tuesday.

1 p.m.

Delaware Gov. Jack Markell is lifting a limited state of emergency for Sussex County that he declared Friday as a nor’easter began pummeling the mid-Atlantic region with heavy rain and high winds.

Markell’s office says the state of emergency ended at 1 p.m. Monday, although a coastal flood advisory remains in effect for Kent and Sussex counties until 7 p.m. Several roads in the two counties remained closed Monday because of standing water, mostly from wind-driven tidal flooding.

Officials say the flooding caused road damage and shoreline erosion, but that expected tides over the next several cycles are expected to diminish.

Meanwhile, Delmarva Power crews are pressure-washing power lines and equipment along Route 1 between the Indian River Inlet and an area just north of Bethany Beach, Del., to remove sea salt deposited by this weekend’s high winds.

Utility officials say lines and equipment have to be de-energized during the cleaning, meaning some customers could experience intermittent power interruptions.

8 a.m.

A northern Virginia search and rescue team is deploying to South Carolina to assist with flooding rescues in the region.

The Fairfax County Urban Search and Rescue team had six hours to mobilize for their mission Sunday after being activated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency as heavy rains bring flooding the region. The team is one of FEMA’s 28 elite urban search and rescue teams.

This is the second deployment for the task force this year. Their most recent mission was an international deployment to Nepal.


6:45 a.m.

Authorities say 14 people were rescued after the Patuxent River flooded a mobile home park in Calvert County.

The Prince Frederick Volunteer Fire Department says crews found residents trapped in the Hallowing Point Mobile Home Park on Sunday night and rescued 14 people by boat. Fire officials say they made contact with 15 more residents who refused to leave their homes.

Officials say everyone in the mobile home park has been accounted for and no injuries were reported.

Light coastal flooding is expected to continue into Monday.

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