‘Storm of ’62’ Workshop

DNREC’s Division of Watershed Stewardship is sponsoring a workshop today commemorating the 50th anniversary of the “Storm of ’62.”

The storm wreaked havoc along the state’s coast and was rated one of the most destructive storms in Delaware’s recorded history.

“Delaware Coastal Vulnerability and Sustainability – 1962 to 2062” workshop is taking place at the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center. Co-sponsoring the workshop with DNREC are the Delaware Sea Grant College Program and the City of Rehoboth Beach.

Presentations pertaining to the storm and its aftermath – including how it influences many of today’s environmental and economic decisions – will be made throughout the day and “The Storm of ’62 – Delaware’s Shared Response,” a 55-minute film produced by DNREC, will be screened this afternoon at 2:30.

“Perhaps more than any other single event, the 1962 northeaster exemplifies Delaware’s vulnerability to severe wave attack and flooding,” Tony Pratt, administrator of the Shoreline & Waterway Management Section said. “The property damage costs and human suffering resulting from that storm underscore the importance of statewide mitigation and preparedness initiatives for future coastal storms. With a history of strong inter-agency cooperation including support from the General Assembly, Delaware has a comprehensive beach and storm readiness plan in place. The workshop will highlight effective risk reduction programs aimed to improve coastal sustainability, as well as opportunities for improved efficiency and partnerships.”

Seating is limited and reservations are required. To register for the afternoon movie showing, complete and submit the online registration form, or contact Michelle Scorziello at 302-645‐4346.

First‘s Mark Eichmann reported on the “Storm of 62” last week. You can watch his story below. 

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