Sunday, November 29, 2009

Beached Oysters - Tropical Storm Ida Remnants in Chesapeake Bay

The remnants of tropical storm Ida that hit Virginia, Maryland and the Chesapeake Bay region a few weeks ago (Nov. 15th, 2009), caused quite a bit of damage to shorelines, docks and floating equipment.

The picture below shows a whole bunch of floating oyster beds in Southern Maryland torn loose from their moorings, and washed onto the lee shore and rocks.

Plenty of other shore erosion, dock and pier damage, and fallen trees were also visible.

In Virginia, Gov. Timothy Kaine said recently that the U.S. Small Business Administration has approved his request for federal disaster assistance. Tropical Storm Ida's remnants primarily lashed coastal Virginia with high winds and drenching rain. Kaine says the storm caused an estimated $70 million in damage.

Homeowners and renters in the cities of Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Poquoson, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach and the counties of James City and York are eligible to apply for low-interest loans. Businesses affected by the storm also can apply for disaster loans.

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