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@O FRIDAY MARCH 2 - MONDAY. MARCH 5, 2012 STORM OF '62 Cape Gazette 5TOllll 5T0115 Saved the taffy machine Dolle's on The Boardwalk in Rehoboth Beach was destroyed by the storm, yet the new owners were able to salvage the long taffy machine. A crane had to lift the 3,500-pound piece of equipment. That same taffy machine is inuse today. Playland, now called Funland, received extensive damage, but the steel foundation held up. PHOTOS COURTESY OF MARIE QUILLEN Stormy is born A sequel to one of the most popular children's books of all time has its roots in the Storm of '62. Shortly aftel storm, Misty, Lhe famous Chincoteague, Va., pony gave birth to a foal named Stormy. The foundation was fn Nace for another book in Marguerite Henry's award-winning Misty of Chincoteague series. The new book was named "Stormy, Misty's Foal." Nearby at Assateague Island, the storm caused so much damage a developer called off plans for a 5,O00-lot resort community on the island. Three years later the island was named a National Seashore. Prisoners were used to help clear debris from the sand along the Cape Region coastline. Diamonds are recovered A safe belonging to Stuart-Kingston Galleries in-Rehoboth Beach with $75,000 in diamonds was recovered in the Sand following the storm. Work starts toward restoration amid the ruins of The Boardwalk in Rehoboth Beach. In the distance is Playland (now Funland), one of the few structures left standing, > See more coverage of the Storm of '62 in the Tuesday March 6 edition and at Three days the extent of damage would be should a storm of this magni- tude hit the Cape Region today. Continued from page 57 The area bears hardly any re- semblance to what it looked like system stalled any movement of in 1962. The Boardwalk was a the coastal storm, resulting in popular destination for tourists record-setting winds, waves and and locals, but that is about the tides. The nor 'easter stalled extent of any comparisons. through a cycle of five high Most of the area around to- tides. The tides and waves are day's Route 1 was still farm the highest ever recorded in the fields; very few people lived Cape Region. Wind speeds around the Inland Bays; Lewes reached 60 mph; tides reached a was undiscovered as a tourist maximum of nearly 9.5 feet - spot; and only a few hundred normal high tide is 4 feet - and people lived in the affected area wave heights reached 30 to 40 year-round. feet offshore and 20 to 30 feet Fifty years ago, development onshore. Sustained gal- force along the Delaware coast was winds of 35 to 45 mph with sparse compared to today's stan- much higher gusts blew for dards. Beachfront cottages, most three straight days with no let- at ground level on concrete up. foundations, dotted the coast- To make matters worse, the line. There were no building storm occurred during a time of standards for coastal home con- exceptionally high spring tides, struction; very few homes were The high tide of nearly 9.5 feet elevated and there was no feder- recorded on March 6, 1962, re- al flood insurance, Carey said. mains the highest ever recorded For example, Carey said, old at Breakwater Harbor at the aerial photographs from 1968 mouth of Delaware Bay. show 53 houses located along Rain and wind were not the the beach in South Bethany, one most serious problems associat- of the most vulnerable areas ed with the storm, Carey said, along the coastline. By the late although there was some wind 1990s that number had increased damage caused by gusts of up to to more than 575 houses. In Fen- 70 mph. About 2 inches of rain wick Island in 1954 there were fell in the area. 105 units; in 1997, there were One can only wonder what nearly 725 units. Ongoing wave action eroded sand so much that foundations gave way and houses tumbled over. As much as 10 feet of sand washed away in some areas, Carey said. When it was all over and done, work crews had to move nearly 2 million cubic yards of sand that had washed away, to rebuild the coastline.- Carey said it was amazing Events commemorate anniversary The Delaware Division ofOther events Natural Resources and Envi- 7 ch 6- ronmental Control's Division of Watershed Stewardship will Stories, Inc. will introduce sponsor a workshop Wednes ............... Delaware's day, March 7 commemorating Shared Response" in Cannon the Storm of'62. Room 104, fJniversity of how quickly the area recovered; "Delaware Coastal Vulnera- Delaware Hugh R. Sharp the Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk bility and Sustainability" 196i Campus in Lewes,. This was nearly completed and most to 2062" will take place at the evening screening has been businesses Were open by early Rehob0th Beach Convention scheduled to accommodate to mid-summer. The storm left behind a path of death and de- struction from North Carolina to New York. In the end, as many as 40 people died in six states; hundreds of millions of dollars in damage had been done; coastal landmarks were erased and the coastline was changed forever. The storm dropped more than 3 feet of snow on Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park. Carey says it's important for people to learn and understand what occurred the first week of March in 1962. "We use history of the storm to get people en- gaged as a springboard to dis- cuss coastal storms and hazards. "We need to make folks aware something like this will occur again," she said. Center, beginning at 8;30 a.m. those who are unable to at- Cosponsoring the workshop, with DNREC are the Delaware Sea Grant College Program and the City of Re- hoboth. Exhibits featuring 1960s tend the March 7 daytime events. 2:30 p.m:, March 7,- , Screening of the film The 62 Storm - Delaware's Shared communities and historical societies also will be on dis- play at the workshop. Hazard mitigation and storm pre- paredness information will be available from Delaware Emergency Management photographs and memorabilia Response, at the convention from the storm from coastal center. The documentary fea- tures firsthand accounts from people who lived through the damaging three-day nor'east- er, often called Delaware's Coastal StOrm of the Century that claimed lives, homes and property along the coastline Agency, the Federal Emer- throughout the Mid-Atlantic. gency Management Agency and other organizations. 7:30 p.m., Friday, March 9 - Workshop activities are free, Additional screening of "The but seating is limited.Contact '62 Storm Delaware's Shared Michelle Scorziello at 645- Response" at the Dewey 4346 for information. Beach Life ' ;aving Station.