Modification of Declaration of State of Emergency for the State of Delaware

The Governor of Delaware gave an update on Hurricane Irene and evacuation procedures for the State of Delaware. Governor Markell declared a mandatory evacuation of all coastal area in Sussex, Kent and New Castle Counties that will take effect today at 12pm. He stated that coastal areas could see over a foot of rain and winds over 100 mph.
“Today is the day to relocate if you need to do so,” stated Governor Markell.

The declaration from Governor Markell included the following information:

“All persons, including both residents and non-residents, located in the following
areas (“Evacuation Areas”) shall evacuate without delay, effective immediately, and shall be
evacuated on or before 9:00 a.m. tomorrow, Saturday, August 27, 2011:

Sussex County Evacuation Areas
Fenwick Island
South Bethany
Bethany Beach
North Bethany
Dewey Beach
Rehoboth Beach
Henlopen Acres
Lewes
Broadkill Beach
Prime Hook Beach
Slaughter Beach
Long Neck
Oak Orchard

All other locations within three-quarters of a mile of a major waterway in eastern Sussex County,
including Delaware Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, Rehoboth Bay, Indian River Bay, Little
Assawoman Bay, and Pepper Creek

Persons in the preceding areas more than three-quarters of a mile from a major waterway are
exempt from the mandatory evacuation order.

Kent County Evacuation Areas
Woodland Beach
Pickering Beach
Kitts Hummock
Bowers Beach
South Bowers Beach
Big Stone Beach

All other locations within three-quarters of a mile of a major waterway in eastern Kent County
Persons in the preceding areas more than three-quarters of a mile from a major waterway are
exempt from the mandatory evacuation order.

All businesses located within the Evacuation Areas shall close on or before 12:01
a.m. tomorrow, Saturday, August 27, and shall remain closed until further notice. First
responders, medical services and other essential personnel, food and fuel deliveries, members of
the media, public utilities and other businesses necessary to maintaining the health and safety of
the people in Delaware are exempted from this requirement. All other persons are advised that
they should not enter the Evacuation Areas unless absolutely necessary.

All persons, including both residents and non-residents, located in flood-prone
areas, including around rivers and streams, should exercise caution and are urged to consider
evacuating to higher ground as necessary to preserve health and safety.”

MODIFICATION OF DECLARATION OF
STATE OF EMERGENCY FOR THE STATE OF DELAWARE
AND
MANDATORY EVACUATION OF ALL PERSONS IN COASTAL AREAS – August 26, 2011, http://dema.delaware.gov/Docs/2011.08.26_Modified_State_of_Emergency_FINAL.pdf

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