- Associated Press - Thursday, February 18, 2016

DEWEY BEACH, Del. (AP) - Delaware Gov. Jack Markell plans to seek $2.5 million in federal disaster relief to help rebuild coastal infrastructure recently damaged along the state’s beaches.

Markell made the announcement at Dewey Beach on Wednesday while nearby Delaware Department of Natural Resource crews began rebuilding a protective sand dune largely washed away from a storm in late January.

The governor’s request includes money to fix the north end of the Rehoboth Beach boardwalk and to repair stormwater pipes that were broken or damaged by pounding waves during the storm.

The money, however, will not be able to be used for sand, one of the coast’s most pressing needs.

Anthony P. Pratt, the state’s shoreline and waterway administrator, says Delaware’s congressional delegation is working with Corps officials to seek a supplemental appropriation to pay for additional sand.

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