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Speaker Series: "Storm Of '62: 55 Years Later"

Rehoboth Boardwalk DamageJoin speaker Tony Pratt for a discussion on "Storm of '62: 55 Years Later," on Friday, March 17, at 7:30pm at the Lewes Public Library at 111 Adams Avenue, Lewes, Delaware 19958.  Admission is free and no reservations are required. For more information, call 302-645-7670 or visit

55 years ago on March 6-8, the mid-Atlantic coast of the United States was hit by the Ash Wednesday Storm of 1962. This extreme nor’easter reached level 5 on the Dolan-Davis scale, injuring over 1,000 people and killing 40. Waves more than 40 feet high occurred in Rehoboth Beach.  Flooding destroyed many beach homes and a large part of the boardwalk. The storm overall caused hundreds of millions in property damages in 6 different states.  Tony Pratt will reflect on this massive storm and describe its impact on the Delaware coastline.

Tony Pratt is the Administrator of the Shoreline and Waterway Management Section within the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, where he oversees programs related to beach nourishment, beach construction regulation, coastal hazards mitigation, waterway management, and flood mitigation.  He was a member of the National Research Council Committee on Beach Nourishment and Protection, and the Heinz Center Panel on Risk Vulnerability and the True Costs of Coastal Hazards.  He served elected office in Lewes, Delaware, four years of which were as Deputy Mayor.  He currently serves on the Advisory Board to the Department of Homeland Security Coastal Resilience Center of Excellence based at UNC, Chapel Hill.

This presentation is The Lewes Historical Society’s March Speaker Series. Each month between September and May the Society offers educational and entertaining programs that explore the history of Lewes, the surrounding area, Lewes's unique interaction in the national scene and other related and appealing topics. All of these meetings are open to all members, residents and visitors of the Lewes community. For more information and a complete schedule for this series, call 302-645-7670 or visit


Pictured is the Rehoboth Beach boardwalk in the process of being rebuilt after the storm.  For more information, call 302-645-7670 or visit