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The Resilient Community Partnership with the Town of Slaughter Beach 

The Town of Slaughter Beach, like other low-lying Delaware Bayfront communities, is vulnerable to natural hazards from multiple sources. Slaughter Beach currently experiences frequent flooding of streets and property during high tide. The town is also at risk for less frequent, but more extreme flooding events from storm surges during nor’easters and tropical storms. In addition, due to rising sea levels, a larger area of the community will be inundated by high tides and there will be more frequent and intense flood events in the future. Climate change will also influence the temperatures and precipitation rates throughout the year, increasing the risks to the community of heat exposure and drought. 

Preparing for Hazards Today - Planning for Risks Tomorrow
Starting in the spring of 2016, the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s Delaware Coastal Programs (DCP) office began working with the Town to carry out a comprehensive assessment of risks to the community from coastal storms, sea level rise and extreme tides. Potential risks, from wildfires and temperature changes due to climate change were also examined. This assessment informed the Town’s development of adaptation and mitigation measures to enhance the Town’s resiliency, or ability to withstand and bounce back from natural hazards. Public participation has been extremely important to this effort. Through public engagement in several workshops, focus groups, and community-wide surveys, full and part time residents and stakeholders had the opportunity to contribute input and brainstorm strategies for addressing these risks. This work in this partnership will also be promoted through information sharing across the state and region so that other municipalities and communities may benefit.  

If you have questions or would like additional information about the partnership, please contact the Delaware Coastal Programs at (302) 739-9283 to speak with (or email) Danielle Swallow or Dr. Bob Scarborough.  

 

Past Slaughter Beach Resilient Community Partnership Events:

July 22, 2017 Resilient Community Day Public Workshop

Town of Slaughter Beach residents and stakeholders were invited to learn how the Town of Slaughter Beach can manage risks from flooding and extreme heat, and prepare today for tomorrow's hazards. Attendees were able to:

  • Hear the results of the DNREC Delaware Coastal Programs' Resilient Community Partnership study;
  • Learn about the new flood warning system that will be installed on Cedar Beach Road and Slaughter Beach Road;
  • Learn about emergency preparedness tips from subject matter experts from DelDot, DEMA, and DNREC; and
  • Promote a safer, more prepared community that can bounce back from flooding and other hazardous events.  

Documents and displays available at the public workshop:

Delaware Coastal Programs Presentation

DelDOT Presentation

Oct. 8, 2016 Town of Slaughter Beach Public Workshop
Slaughter Beach Fire Hall

Town of Slaughter Beach residents (both year-round and part-time) and stakeholders were invited to:

  • Hear results of the June 3rd Open House and the community vulnerability assessment;
  • Learn how coastal hazards and climate related impacts may affect the community in the future;
  • Speak with subject matter experts from DNREC and DelDOT; and
  • Provide feedback on options for creating a safer, more prepared community that can bounceback from hazardous events

Documents and displays available at the public workshop:

Delaware Coastal Programs Presentation

Community Vision Statement Poster

Homeowner Adaptation Options Posters

Community Adaptation Options Poster

 

 

June 3, 2016 Town of Slaughter Beach Public Open House
Slaughter Beach Fire Hall

Town of Slaughter Beach residents (both year-round and part-time) and stakeholders were invited to:

  • Tell us how storms, extreme tides, heat, and other climate related issues are impacting the community; 
  • Learn how DNREC is helping Slaughter Beach become more resilient to coastal hazards; 
  • Speak with subject matter experts about what is going on; and
  • Hear results of the Community Values Survey.

Documents and displays available at the open house:

Open House Program

Delaware Coastal Programs Presentation

Community Values Survey and Draft Community Vision Posters

Poster Displays on Causes and Impacts of Flooding, Wildlifes, and Heat and the Instructions for the Map/Comment Cards

Slaughter Beach Resilient Community Partnership Overview Handout

Questionnaires on Known Incidences of Flooding, Wildfire, and Extreme Heat

 

Couldn't attend an event? Please send your comments on the project to this email: DNREC_DCP_PublicComment@state.de.us  

 

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