Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Storm of ’62” to be commemorated by DNREC workshop

DOVER (Feb. 15, 2012) – DNREC’s Division of Watershed Stewardship will sponsor a workshop Saturday, 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. Lectures pertaining to the storm and its aftermath – including how it influences many of today’s environmental and economic decisions – will be presented throughout the day, and “The Storm of ’62 – Delaware’s Shared Response,” a 55-minute film produced by DNREC, will be screened. Co-sponsoring the workshop with DNREC are the Delaware Sea Grant Program and the City of Rehoboth Beach.

Lecture topics include coastal vulnerability, coastal development and economy, meteorological predictions (including sea level rise), flooding and inundation, and coastal sustainability entailing beach management and flood-resistant development practices, the latter presented by Tony Pratt, administrator of DNREC’s Shoreline & Waterway Management Section, and Michael Powell, also of the section.

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

All workshop activities are free, but seating is limited and reservations are required. To register, please compete 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.

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