First for Friday, October 25, 2013

Lessons from Sandy

It was one year ago today when we were watching Hurricane Sandy coming up the East Coast. At just 60 feet above sea level, Delaware has long been preparing for storms like Sandy. In our First Look, we show you some of the steps Delaware is taking to protect itself from flood damage tied to storms and rising sea level predictions.

Sandy Comes Ashore

In this segment we are going to take a look at what was happening in Delaware as Sandy was coming up the east coast. There was a sense of relief after the storm. Take a look at Mark Eichmann’s First Look from a few days after the storm hit.

Storm Photography

While those beach communities did escape the worst of Sandy, it was actually the bayside communities around Fenwick Island who took on the brunt of the storm. Mark Eichmann went back to those areas and along with Chris Clark, from our content partner the Coastal Point newspaper, we look at how things were, then and now.

First Person: David Legates

University of Delaware climatologist David Legates is our First Person. Sandy was a tough storm on Delaware, but there have been others in the past decade that were even worse in the First State. He discusses why they were worse and why we haven’t had a disruptive tropical season this year.

Saving Delaware river towns

Sandy served as a wake up call on many projects that had been considered, but needed a push to get started. That’s the case with the dike system in towns along the Delaware River. Over time those dikes have begun to deteriorate, and we still ask, can they handle another super-storm or something worse?

First Experience: Art in glass

For 17 years Cindi Moulson has been making beautiful stained glass. She does everything from restoration work to jewelry and commissioned pieces. First experience went to her Middletown studio for an education in the art of stained glass and see just what goes into making an old world craft, new again.

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