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Sea levels are rising in the Delaware Bay faster than in other places. Experts are sounding the alarm about the threat to historic resources. 

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A new outlook from federal oceanographic scientists reaffirms projections that coastal towns in Delaware will see more sunny-day flooding in the future.

Some homeowners in New Castle County may be subject to different flood insurance requirements starting next week, when an updated floodplain map that could impact insurance rates and development potential goes into effect. 

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University of Delaware researchers will look at using vacant lots in Wilmington to help reduce flooding under a grant announced this week. 


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One low-lying Wilmington neighborhood is expected to be highly susceptible to rising sea levels down the road.  But before tackling that challenge, a solution to the chronic flooding it already faces is being built.

Delaware Public Media’s Sophia Schmidt explores that project, and what else might need to be done to keep the neighborhood livable long term.


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The project turning a former University of Delaware dormitory site into a park is moving forward.

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Regional planners hope to solve flooding problems on Wilmington’s E. 7th Street Peninsula, where sea level rise could eventually make the flooding worse. Many business owners there don’t want to move, and some want to see more development.


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The regulatory appeals period has begun for a FEMA map that determines which properties in New Castle County need flood insurance.  


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Hurricane Michael slammed the Florida Panhandle on Wednesday and, as it continues its trek towards the First State, the humid weather Delaware’s been experiencing will make way for rainfall.

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Wilmington City Council authorized the issuance of bonds Thursday to finance the South Wilmington Wetlands Park and sewer separation project.

ILC Dover gets patents for floodproofing systems

Oct 22, 2017
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Delaware’s ILC Dover has been awarded patents for three systems that help protect buildings, tunnels and other systems during floods.

Sussex County officials hope new drainage standards will prevent flooding issues in newer residential developments.


Heavy rainstorms have shown the flooding risk some of these developments throughout the county face.

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Crews are still repairing damaged roads in Sussex County due to extensive flooding from last week’s steady rainfall.

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Delaware transportation officials warn that Route 1 between Bethany Beach and Dewey Beach is likely to be closed due to flooding until Saturday morning.

Roads flooding as rain hammers First State

Sep 29, 2016
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Delaware transportation officials say you should be on the lookout for road flooding through Friday night.

Crews are currently barricading flooded roads around the state, according to Jim Westhoff of Delaware’s Department of Transportation.  

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For most people, nuisance flooding is just an inconvenience -- like when a roadway floods in heavy rain. But as sea levels rise, this kind of flooding is happening more often.

As Delaware Public Media's Eli Chen reports, new research says it could continue escalating in coastal areas like Delaware's.

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New research says sea level rise could cause more minor, so-called "nuisance flooding" days in coastal communities like Delaware's.

A study recently published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters projected looked at that potential increase from now until 2050.

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DNREC has awarded about $75,000 to seven Delaware towns facing sea level rise and flooding due to climate change.

The money will help the cities and towns of New Castle, Laurel, Seaford, Milton, Lewes, South Bethany and Little Creek study ways in which they're vulnerable to climate change and rising waters -- and ways they can adapt to them.

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For the past few decades, Little Mill Creek in Wilmington had a habit of flooding nearby businesses and homes. But officials announced Monday a project designed to reduce those floods has now been completed.


The first phase of the project - addressing the upper portion of the creek- was completed in 2007.  The just-finished second phase deepened and widened the creek so it could move more water away from businesses.


As new federal flood insurance maps go into effect, 48 Delaware communities are updating their building code standards.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) released new flood insurance rate maps for all three counties over the past year.

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A national flood insurance law that went into effect Wednesday will raise the costs of flood insurance for many local coastal residents.

The rise in flood insurance premiums is an attempt to help pay off the FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program’s $24 billion dollar debt - a debt that swelled in the wake of costs incurred by payouts made following Superstorm Sandy and Hurricane Katrina.