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14 - CAPE GAZETTE - Tuesday, September 5 - Thursday, September 7, 2006 Damage Continued from page 4 said. As walls of rain pummeled down, fire raged upward, unfazed by remnants of the tropical storm. Trying to extinguish the fire, Dersham said he tried to sink the boat by lowering it into the water. "It probably kept the fuel tank from exploding. I just had to wait for the fire company to get here. They put the fire out, but by that time the wind was blowing so hard." The Dershams' 30-foot Cutty Cabin was gutted, but it could have been a lot worse, he said. "Fortunately, the water was up over the dock, so the dock didn't catch on fire," he said. Wind gusts up to 80 mph could have spread to his home too. "The wind just aided in the flames spreading throughout the boat," he said. Pat Madison, a Kingsbridge Road resident, said her boat ended up on dry land in the development that runs near an overflowing Bald Eagle Creek. While most Sussex Countians escaped such catastrophe, raging winds and driving rain were responsible for power outages and downed trees. Early Saturday morning, from Henlopen Acres to Rehoboth Beach, residents were raking debris from their yards and assessing damage from fallen trees. City maintenance crews worked overtime to clear paths for Labor Day visitors. In Henlopen Acres, Mayor Wanda Davis said at least five large trees were down - two of them fell onto fights-of-way - on Rolling Road and Pine Reach Friday night. She called the town's maintenance manager, Sonny McClure, to heave trunks and branches out of 'the way. "We had major clean-up tO do," said Davis. Other downed trees were on private property, but no homes were reported damaged, she said. Power outages also affected a few Henlopen Acres residents. From 9 p.m., Friday, Sept. 1, to 6 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 2, about 30 homes were without power along Tidewater and Field's End, said Davis, although she said the city's water plant remained in good shape. The town's maintenance crews did a fabulous job, said Davis. In Rehoboth Beach, most dam- age came from downed trees too. The maintenance crew, under Mel Craig, the city's public works director, worked over the week- end, clearing branches and remov- ing debris. "Let me tell you what a good job the city workers did," said Rehoboth resident Walter Brittingham. Near Columbia Avenue and Fifth Street, said Brittingham, a tree with a 24-inch diameter, fell onto a house. In general, he said, "We were very lucky." Rehoboth City Commissioner Ran Paterson said a tree was uprooted near the corner of Country Club Drive and Laurel Street, which pulled up sidewalk and shrubbery. Another tree came down at Country Club Drive and Munson Street, he said. "I was kind of surprised by the amount of damage in Country Club Estates," paterson noted. Roseanne Pack, a spokes- woman with Delaware Emergency Management Agency, said damage assessment will start on a local level and "big players" such as Delaware's Department of Transportation are still assessing the mess. DEMA acts as a coordi- nator among local municipalities and the state. r Ducks Unlimited Nanticoke Chapter personally invites you to the event of the season Sponsors Cocktail Party September 9, 2006 Cocktails at 6.'00 pm Seaford Golf & Country Club Locust St., Seaford, DE Tickets $125.00 includes admission for two, 1 chance on "Special Door Prize", Premium Open Bar, Raffles, Auction & SilentAuction Attire - Business Casual Requested Tickets can be purchased @ All State Ins., Clark Pools or Call Zeb @ 302-249-6305 Take a sunset cruise across the Delaware Bay as you savor some of the finest California, Australian and French wines. Learn the history of the regions where the featured wines were made. Presented by Teller Wines of Lewes, voted "Best Wine Store Downstate" by Delaware Today magazine. Sunset cruise departs from the Lewes terminal at 5:15 PM on Saturday, September 9-September 30. Cruise returns at 8:15 PM. (Check-in begins in the terminal 30 minutes before cruise time.) $29 per person includes round-trip foot passenger ferry cruise, wine and light appetizers, opportunib/to purchase featured wines by the glass and live music. Slce   Call 1-800-64-FERRY to make your reservations today! www, Check out the new Football Ho tspo t MONDAY NIGHT SPECIALS $5 bar menu 20% off entr6es in bar or saloon O0 Domestic Bottles 10 FLAT SCREEN HD TVS 228 Rehoboth Avenue :-227-3895 J J