Gov. Markell Declares Coastal Evacuation, Limited State of Emergency

Pictured: Water Rise Forecast, Photo Source

On Saturday, October 27 Governor Markell declared a mandatory evacuation for the coastal areas in Delaware. The evacuation will be for a 24-hour period starting 8pm tonight and ending tomorrow at 8pm. During today’s press conference the Governor defined coastal areas as being 3/4 of a mile from the coast. Markell also stated that if individuals live near bodies of water and have experienced flooding in the past, they should evacuate.

The Governor also declared a limited State of Emergency that does not include driving restrictions or business closures. Further restrictions will be announced as the storm progresses. State officials expect severe flooding, high sustained winds and power outages to be a major problem.

Shelters, which include the Milford Middle School, will open tomorrow at 12 noon tomorrow in all counties in Delaware.



In accordance with Paragraph 1 of this State of Emergency Order, persons located in the following areas (“Evacuation Areas”) are subject to mandatory evacuation beginning on Saturday, October 27, 2012 at 8:00 p.m. All such persons shall be evacuated no later than Sunday, October 28, 2012 at 8:00 p.m.

Sussex County

Sussex County Delaware Bay Communities

Slaughter Beach
Prime Hook Beach
Broadkill Beach
Lewes Beach, east of the Rehoboth Lewes canal

Sussex County Ocean Coastal Communities

Areas within ¾ of a mile of the coast in the following communities:
Henlopen Acres
Rehoboth Beach
Dewey Beach
North Bethany
Bethany Beach
South Bethany
Fenwick Island

Sussex County Inland Bay Communities

Areas surrounding the Rehoboth Bay, Indian River and Little Assawoman Bay
Flood-prone areas south of Route 24 (John J. Williams Highway) including Angola, Long Neck and Oak Orchard
Flood-prone areas along Route 26 (Vines Creek Road and Atlantic Avenue)
Flood-prone areas along Route 54 (Lighthouse Road)

Sussex County Western Communities

Flood-prone areas in close proximity to the Nanticoke and Broad Creek Rivers
Kent County
Woodland Beach
Pickering Beach, including any homes east of 799 Pickering Beach Rd.
Kitts Hummock Beach, and all addresses above 2123 Kitts Hummock Rd.
Bowers Beach, including any homes east of Old Bowers Rd.
South Bowers Beach
Big Stone Beach
Bennetts Pier
Port Mahon Rd., any address above 900

New Castle County

New Castle County, City of New Castle:

Washington Park Subdivision
From the Delaware River to Fourth Street
Penn Valley subdivision
Buttonwood subdivision

New Castle County, City of Delaware City:

All houses east of Second Street
The 100 block of Fifth Street
All of Delaware City Mobile Home Park
All of Polktown

Other New Castle County Coastal Communities:

Town of Port Penn
Augustine Beach
Bayview Beach
Any residences South of Augustine Beach and East of Silver Run Road/Route 9

Maps of areas under evacuation.