Hurricane Sandy Predicted To Arrive Late This Weekend

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The City of Milford is preparing for Hurricane Sandy which is expected to arrive late this weekend. According to the National Weather Service, residents are to expect sustained high winds, record flooding and prolonged periods of heavy downpours. Sandbagging will begin today in the downtown area. We strongly encourage residents to prepare themselves and their homes accordingly.

Sandbags will be made available to local businesses beginning this Saturday at noon until 4:00 pm at the Public Works Facility located at 180 Vickers Drive in Milford. If you have any questions, please call Christie Murphy, Public Works Administrative Assistant at 302.422.6616 ext 100.

According to Delaware Emergency Management Agency (DEMA) conditions will begin to deteriorate beginning late Saturday night and early Sunday morning, with rain and wind of increasing intensity. Looking at onshore winds which could last up to 72 hours and gusting up to 70 mph during the peak intensity. At the shorelines, there is a potential for a storm surge of 10 feet, wave heights up to 30 feet offshore, with breakers reaching 15 feet. Rainfall total could reach 7 inches, with the bulk of the rain from Sunday night thru Tues morning.

 

Emergency information you need to know:

How to contact the City of Milford During Hurricane Sandy – In an emergency, dial 911. For non-emergency situations (i.e. power outage, down power lines, flooding) call (302) 422-6616. For information regarding Hurricane Sandy, call (302) 856-7366.

2. Storm INFORMATION county contact numbers
DEMA – 302-659-3362
Delaware Helpline – 800-464-4357
Sussex – 302-856-7366
Kent – 302-735-3465
New Castle – 302-395-2700
Wilmington – 302-576-3914

3. Website updates and emergency preparedness information:
delaware.gov
dema.delaware.gov
prepareDE.org
ready.gov
listo.gov

4. County Emergency Contacts:
Statewide Emergencies: Dial 911
Kent County Division of
Emergency Planning and Operations:
(302) 736-2222 , Fax (302) 736-2223
Sussex County Emergency Operations Center:
(302) 855-7801, Fax (302) 855-7800

5. Delaware 2-1-1 Service Available -Delaware 2-1-1, operated by United Way of Delaware, is available to provide health and human service referral information for Delawareans impacted by Hurricane Sandy. By dialing the toll-free 2-1-1 number, Delawareans can be referred to information regarding nearby shelters and other emergency relief services, including follow-up services in the days and weeks after the hurricane passes. Residents are reminded to dial 9-1-1 in a medical or life-threatening emergency.

As we did with Hurricane Irene in August 2011 Milford LIVE will be providing emergency information on our Facebook page and on our website at www.milfordlive.com as the storm continues. Stay tuned!