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DNREC “Storm of ’62” workshop set for Wednesday, March 7

DOVER (Feb. 16, 2012) - DNREC’s Division of Watershed Stewardship will sponsor a workshop Wednesday, March 7 commemorating the “Storm of ’62” on the 50th anniversary of the event that wreaked havoc along the state’s coast and rated as one of the most destructive storms in Delaware’s recorded history.


“Delaware Coastal Vulnerability and Sustainability - 1962 to 2062” will take place at the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center, beginning at 8:30 a.m. Co-sponsoring the workshop with DNREC are the Delaware Sea Grant College Program and the City of Rehoboth Beach.


Presentations pertaining to the storm and its aftermath - including how it influences many of today’s environmental and economic decisions - will be made throughout the day and “The Storm of ’62 - Delaware’s Shared Response,” a 55-minute film produced by DNREC, will be screened.


Workshop presentations will be offered on coastal vulnerability; coastal development and economy; meteorological predictions; flooding and inundation; and coastal sustainability entailing beach management and flood-resistant development practices, the latter presented by DNREC’s Shoreline & Waterway Management Section.


Tony Pratt, administrator of the Shoreline & Waterway Management Section, encouraged both community officials and coastal residents to attend the workshop. “Perhaps more than any other single event, the 1962 northeaster exemplifies Delaware’s vulnerability to severe wave attack and flooding,” he said. “The property damage costs and human suffering resulting from that storm underscore the importance of statewide mitigation and preparedness initiatives for future coastal storms. With a history of strong inter-agency cooperation including support from the General Assembly, Delaware has a comprehensive beach and storm readiness plan in place. The workshop will highlight effective risk reduction programs aimed to improve coastal sustainability, as well as opportunities for improved efficiency and partnerships.”


Exhibits featuring 1960s photographs and memorabilia from the storm from coastal communities and historical societies also will be on display at the workshop. Hazard mitigation and storm preparedness information will be available from the DEMA, FEMA, and other organizations.


All workshop activities are free, but seating is limited and reservations are required. To register, please complete and submit the online registration form or contact Michelle Scorziello at 302-645‐4346. Attendees are asked to provide their own lunch if they plan to stay for the “Storm of ‘62” film, which will be shown at 2:30 p.m.


Michael Globetti

Public Affairs-Office of the Secretary

Dept. of Natural Resources

and Environmental Control