Beach repair to arrive in Dewey, RehobothCrews expected to begin Hurricane Sandy rebuilding work Sept. 23
Rehoboth Beach — Crews could begin pumping sand onto Dewey Beach as early as Sunday, Sept. 22, part of national efforts to restore Delaware beaches hit by Hurricane Sandy in October 2012.
Steve Rochette, spokesman for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, said work could begin in Dewey Sunday or Monday, Sept. 23, if work concludes in Bethany Beach, where contractor Great Lakes Dredge and Dock is working on the north end of town. Great Lakes started work in Fenwick Island in July; work in Fenwick and South Bethany is complete.
The move to Dewey could be slowed by a storm that could hit the Delaware coast Sept. 23, said Tony Pratt, administrator of the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s Shoreline Waterways division.
The project is 100 percent funded by the federal government, which approved $60 billion in emergency aid to areas affected by Sandy in January.
While Delaware officials, under DNREC, have no financial say in the project, Pratt said the department will be informed about any needed dune work. He said the department is responsible for quality control. Pratt said the corps has not yet sent the final plans for Rehoboth and Dewey, but they are expected to reflect the 2012 beach template.
The corps is using the same contractor and borrow site, two miles off Fenwick Island, used in the February 2012 beach renourishment. Great Lakes is again using a hopper dredge, designed to haul dredged materials over long distances.
This project differs from a beach renourishment in that it only repairs the beach to how it was before the storm, but will not pump additional sand on the beach. Great Lakes is expected to pump 455,000 cubic yards of sand on Rehoboth and Dewey. In 2012, about 360,000 cubic yards of sand was pumped on Rehoboth alone.
The Rehoboth and Dewey project is part of a combined $19 million contract that also includes Bethany, South Bethany and Fenwick. The corps has separate contracts for beach repair at Indian River Inlet and Lewes.
Rochette said work at Rehoboth and Dewey will last an estimated to last 20 to 30 days at each beach.