On Sunday, December 26 Governor Jack Markell issued a limited State of Emergency with a “Level 1 Driving Warning” that began at 4 pm in Kent and Sussex counties. In addition, The National Weather Service issued a blizzard warning for the Delaware coastal area.
DelDOT crews began working to prepare and plow roads as the Governor deployed Delaware National Guard personnel to man heavy equipment in each county. The Delaware National Guard was also stationed at State Police Troops to assist with any local emergency needs. According to the Delaware Emergency Management Agency 150 soldiers and 40 vehicles were deployed throughout the State of Delaware.
“With DelDOT crews working around the clock, the National Guard activated and our state and local emergency responders at the ready, the state is fully prepared for the first big storm of this winter,” commented Governor Markell as he issued the State of Emergency.
The Delaware Department of Transportation reported that 8.20 inches of snow had fallen on the Milford area as of noon on Monday, December 27 and urged individuals to stay off the roads while the State of Emergency was still in effect. State of Delaware offices in Kent and Sussex Counties were closed all day on Monday, December 27 with only essential personnel reporting.
Wind continued to blow as the National Weather Service issued a wind advisory for the entire state which remained in effect until 6 pm on Monday evening. Wind gusts were predicted to reach as much as 40-50 mph and were reported as high as 60 mph in Northern Delaware.
Sussex County Emergency Operations Center has set up the EOC Storm Hotline for those who have questions about the State of Emergency, road conditions or future weather predictions. The hotline can be reached at 302-856-7366.
To check for future closing and delays around the state of Delaware visit http://www.delaware.gov/egov/portal.nsf/portal/weatherpage.
Locally, the City of Milford is continually working to clear roadways with a priority on major facilities such as the hospital and main roads. The work crews for the City of Milford will be working to dig out residential areas as quickly as possible. City Manager David Baird asks residents to “please keep cars out of the roads so the plows may get streets cleared off quickly and to work with the City as much as possible.” As of Monday evening most major roadways and residential areas in Milford city limits were plowed.