Delaware concerned over water more than wind

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Delaware prepares for the storms. (WPVI)

Thursday's wind and rain and overcast conditions were not the result of Hurricane Joaquin.

But there is concern over what that storm could possibly do to if it arrives. So much so that it triggered an installation of a temporary flood wall and five massive pumps.

A big storm can send waves over the flood wall and back up through the storm drains. The pumps designed to bail out the flood waters and return them to the river.

The storm track of Joaquin is a variable and concern to Delaware City.

"Two of the models are predicting it's going west of the Chesapeake, which means the water will be blown up from the Chesapeake. Our other issue is the water coming up from the Delaware Bay. So when those two meet, it's kind of like the perfect storm for us," City Manager Dick Cathcart said.

At the Delaware City Marina, owners made their boats storm worthy while some took their boats out of the water to keep them safe.

"A lot of the insurance companies require that boats come out if it's a named hurricane just to keep their insurance intact. Some boats just come out because the owners don't want their boats to get damaged," Marina Owner Beth Konkus said.

So preparations are underway.

The concern is not so much wind as it is water.

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