Cape Gazette

Taking flight after the storm

By Ron MacArthur | Nov 02, 2012
Photo by: Ron MacArthur Sand covers Route 1 near Indian River Inlet bridge.

For someone who has a fear of flying in small planes, I've been in my fair share, including a glider and crop duster. My "fear" centers around motion sickness, which I get riding on hilly roads in a car.

But when pilot Garrett Dernoga called me the day after Sandy left the area to see if I wanted to go upstairs to take photographs, I jumped at the chance.

After popping a couple of Dramamine pills, we were off to take a look at Sussex County. The two areas I was really interested in were Primehook Beach and the Indian River Inlet bridge.

It was amazing to see how much sand covered Route 1 north of the bridge and it was equally amazing to see how bad the breaches were along Fowler Beach near Primehook Beach.

After about 45 minutes of surveying the coast we headed back, and it was about time for me because the ride was a bumpy one with 20 mph winds coming from the west.

I was able to get the photos I wanted, but the Dramamine kicked in and I was asleep before 6 p.m.

Thanks to Garrett.


Smooth landing
(Video by: Ron MacArthur)
Rain-soaked fields are everywhere following the storm. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Imagine what this scene would have looked like if Hurricane Sandy hit Rehoboth Beach with the force it hit the north Jersey shore. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Not much protection from Delaware Bay tidal flow remains for Prime Hook Wildlife Refuge and nearby Primehook Beach. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
The Lewes-Rehoboth Canal was still flooding nearby marshes near Lewes. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Comments (1)
Posted by: Barry Wayne Price | Nov 04, 2012 07:21

Wow. Cool pics Ron. Thanks for the ride. Glad you overcame your phobia to get these shots, and sharing the video of your safe landing.

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