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was for Sipple to bear the cost of J"l 1i 00Jpple replacing the rare dalmatian who had one blue eye and one brown eye. "He's not going to replace Continued from page 13 the dog," said Karsnitz. "Mr. Sip- was not on Sipple's father's prop- ple was satisfied to do what was erty. acceptable to Mrs. Kahoe." Sipple's attorney, Craig Kahoe, however, said she re- Karsnitz, said the settlement was agreeable to both parties. "We mains dissatisfied with the settle- were able to resolve it in a way ment at this point and may exer- that was satisfactory to every- cise her right to take Sipple back to court. She said she will not body, for a sum that was much consider the case settled, and will more reasonable than what was not claim the $900 check, unless originally demanded in the com- plainL" said Karsnitz. the money is accompanied with a Part of Kahoe's original request satisfactory written apology. beach is pretty flat, but other than Sto[ that, there was more damage to personal property than to the Continued from page 12 city," Cooper noted, as the high when workers with heavy equip- winds ripped off roofing and sid- ment removed sand from the ing, as well as tree limbs, around town's streets, many of which are already badly in need of repair. "The flooding from the bay is some of the worst ever," he said. "There's two-to-three feet of sand on the road. They're doing a good job removing it, but in clearing the street with the heavy equipment they're digging into the blacktop." Rutherford said McKinley Street, in particular, took a pound- ing during the storm and lost ap- proximately 100 feet of the area at its end. "The dune system is com- pletely gone," he said, adding that the town had also heard reports of shingles flying off roofs and pow- er loss in some condominium de- velopments. Rutherford said con- fusion stemmed from reports that Route 1 south of Dewey was closed because of flooding. While radio and television reports indi- cated the road was closed from Dewey Beach to Fenwick Island, Rutherford said the town didn't have the manpower to enforce a roadblock during the storm be- cause officials were busy evacuat- ing residents of the ocean blocks. "We were told that Highway One was closed off," he said. "It never was closed off. We don't have the personnel to block off the traffic. Meanwhile, there was water in the northbound lane and traffic had to go two ways in the one lane. We had to go street-by-street to tell people on the ocean block that they had to get out because of the flooding. Our first priority was making sure that people were safe." Town employees currently stationed in the U.S. Lifesaving Station on Dagsworthy Avenue while the new Town Hall is being built were relocated to the police station's trailer in the Grotto Pizza parking lot'on Norfolk Street in the morning. They moved back to the lifesaving station that after- noon after high tide had passed and the wind had subside. Rehoboth left unscathed Reporting that the steps of the handicap ramp at Maryland Av- enue and a few Boardwalk plants were damaged, Rehoboth Beach Mayor Sam Cooper said Re- hoboth Beach proper suffered lit- tle damage during the Jan. 28 gale. "We lost dirt behind the Boardwalk at One Virginia Av- enue and Grenoble Place and the town. Cooper attributes the rela- tive lack of damage to the fact that the winds were coming out of the north-northeast, moving down the beach, rather than out of the east- northeast, when they would be hit- ting head on. Rehoboth Beach, he added, suffered much more severe losses in. the last two significant storms, which occurred in 1992 and 1994. Rehoboth firefighters busy The Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Company responded to more than 15 emergency calls during the winter rain-and-wind storm. These calls included numerous re- ports of downed wires, damaged electric poles and problems creat- ed by flooding. One of the.more serious calls was to the Angola area, where an oak tree, estimated to be 50 feet tall, had been split by the force of the wind and had nearly smashed through the roof of a nearby home before being caught up in a smaller tree. A smaller tree damaged the roof of a Rehoboth Beach Yacht and Coun- try Club house, to which the com- pany responded as well. "l"he most time-consuming call of the day involved assisting the maintenance staff at One Virginia Avenue Condominium after the pounding surf broke through the sea wall. We helped pump out the basement parking garage to pre- vent water from reaching the sub- basement electrical room, which could have creat6d a serious fire problem," said Leonard Tylecki, the Rehoboth company's public information officer. Members of the company also assisted police agencies in directing traffic around flooded roadways in the Dewey Beach area. Outages reported Approximately 4,000 Delaware Electric Cooperative customers. were reported to have lost power in Sussex County during the storm. Co-op crews worked from early in the morning to remedy outages caused by high winds, which resulted in trees, branches and other debris falling into power lines and pole tops. 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