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6 - CAPE GAZETTE - Tuesday, July 25 - Thursday, July 27, 2006 VIEWPOINTS Editorial Route4 grinds to a halt Saturday, late July, a sky full of rainstorms and thunder and occa- sional bolts of lightning. Not a good day for thebeach. Look out Route 1 - they're coming in every direction. Perfect storm. That was the situation last Saturday. By noon, gridlock had set in between vacationers heading in from the west and north, and shop- pers heading toward the outlets and "downtowns, from the south and east. At 5:30 p.m. all of the pavement was still full an d looking north from the overpass at Nassau, the southbound lanes were full as far as the eye could see. It was reminiscent of the heavy rain earlier in the summer that simply overwhelmed roads and dams, rivers and creeks in the western part of Sussex County. There are times like Saturday when there will be gridlock due to circumstances and they should be expected. What's most important is to know the situation and for everyone to make sure that no matter how full the lanes and intersections are, room must be left for emergency equipment to make its way between trauma sites and medical facilities. Fortunately there is one good thing about gridlock: there are few serious accidents related to speed. Aside from Saturday's "perfect storm," traffic has moved well in the resort area so far this summer. The incremental improvements made to Route 1 through last winter and spring made a real differ- ence in removing some of the confusion and goosenecks related to the bus and turning lanes. Last Saturday serves as a graphic reminder of just how full Route 1 can get when a variety of circumstances converge. tters Cape Gazette editorials are considered and written by members of the Cape Gazette editorial board which includes Dennis Forney, publisher; Trish Vernon, editor; Kerry Kester, associate editor; Dave Frederick, sports editor; Laura Ritter, news editor; and Jen Ellingsworth, arts and entertain- ment editor. The Weather Picture iiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!iiiiiiii!iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii ..... iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiziii:iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii ........... !i!!! ........... .............. ........ q.':.i:.....;; ............ ..... !iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!!i iiiiiiiiiiiii!ii iiiiii:iiiiiii!i:.iiiii i, iiii ii!!i!i!!i! i!i!!iiii!ii iiiiiiiiiiii!iiiiii HES i!ii!i!il ;: iiiiiiii!iiiiiii!iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!i! T,XPAYER ONEY TO ;iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!i!iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!i iiiiiiiiiiiii iiiiiii!i! Lewes stormwater management needs study I am writing concerning the rezoning request by Lifetime Living regarding property that is adjacent to Canary Creek and the proposed Lewes City Park and its possible impact on the ability of Canary Creek and storm sewers to handle storm run off and absorb a full flood tide. It is imperative that the rezoning not take place until the state of Delaware and the Army Corps of Engineers can determine if this proposed devel- opment will have an adverse impact on the _ability of the wet- lands and the surrounding lands to handle flood conditions. The recent flooding in Seaford, and the localized flooding along New Road, in Pilottown Village, and in many other places in the Lewes area, indicate that severe flooding can happen here. Severe damage will occur if the "hundred year flood" or hurricane hit this area. A recent article in the Cape Gazette shows the damage to Red Mill Pond coming from the runoff from a construction site. If silt is allowed to enter Canary Creek, and destroys the wetland, we will have lost the "sponge" that absorbs the runoff from the Highlands Tax Ditch, and other storm runoff from the area West of Fourth Street. Further, any flooding along New Road closes a major evacuation route The con- tinued existence of the CanaJ-y Creek wetlands and the buffer that it provides to Lewes is absolutely necessary. In a previous review of an earli- er version of the proposed project, dated Feb. 9, 2004, the State indi- cated that approximately half of the proposed site lies within the 100-year flood plain and was "particularly concerned with the placement of assisted living sen- ior housing within a floodplain in the coastal zone that is susceptible to flooding due to storms that may requiremass evacuations." The State report also stated that 'By decreasing the freshwater recharge of the area, existing ground-water heads will lower with time and therefore increases the potential for saltwater contam- ination to the aquifer(s)." The state further noted that the pro- posed plan "does intrude on 3 recorded prehistoric and historic archaeological sites". I am one of the Highland Tax Ditch managers, the only one who lives in the area. The Tax Ditch drains into the Canary Creek wet- lands and I am concerned that if the land is allowed to be further developed we will have no area for our flood run off to be absorbed. The Creek also takes the run off from several ponds and the drainage system for The Reserves at Pilottown. The stand- ing and stagnant water along New Road when there is little rain, and the flooding conditions during the recent heavy rains, indicates that the Reserve drainage system is already imperiled. The Highlands Tax Ditch already has problems with drainage because of an improperly installed culvert that is above the bottom of the ditch. Rep. Joe Booth is in the process of obtaining $100,000 for correction of that problem, but the funds will not be available for some time. During the recent rains Ocean View Boulevard and other streets in Pilottown Village were impass- able due to flooding. The Homeowners Association is ask- ing the city for help in the remedi- ation of the conditions causing the street flooding. The runoff from these streets goes into the tax Continued on page 7 Dennis Forney photo A clay man dries in the July sun at the Children's Beach House in Lewes. Volume 14 No. 18 Publisher Dennis Fomey, Ext. 303 Editor Trish Vernon, Ext. 315 newsroom Office Manager Kathy Emery, Ext. 305 kemery Associate Editor Kerry Kester, Ext. 317 kester Sports Editor Dave Frededck, Ext. 304 davefredman @conc, News Editor Laura Ritter, Ext. 320 Iritter @ Arts & Entertainment Editor Jen Ellingsworth, Ext. 319 News Steve Hoenigmann, Ext. 321 steveh @capegazette.corn Jim Westhoff, EXt. 339 jwesthoff@ Henry Evans, EXt. 336 hevans Kevin Spence, Ext. 337 Rachel Swick, EXt. 338 Molly Albertson, Ext. 335 Janet Andrelczyk, Ext. 316 Sport= Writers "lm Bamforth tim @ Frederick Schranck Fschranck @ Photogrephor Dan Cook Steven Billups Photo Production Molly Wingate, Ext. 308 Production Coordinator Norma Parks, EXt. 309 nparks @ Classified Sandy Barr, Ext. 300 sbarr @ Kim McPike, Ext. 310 Im'cpike @ Jean Sarro, Ext. 302 jeans Advertising Cindy Bowlin, Ext. 307 cindy@ Sharon Hudson, Ext. 306 shudson - Amanda Neafie, Ext. 311 Chris Rausch, Ext. 312 crausch Steve Lhotsky, Ext. 313 stevel @ Production Staff, Exts. 322-326 Chris Wildt Teresa Rodriguez Ron Winterstein Shed Oswald Kristin Come, Edwin Krumm Meredith Shockley Webmaster Cathedne M. 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