Hurricane Joaquin Local Updates

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22DelDOT Prepares for Flooding and Storm Damage

Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) officials continue to monitor this weekend’s forecast and Hurricane Joaquin. The storm is projected to produce heavy rain and wind over the next few days. DelDOT encourages the public to use caution if traveling on the roadways and never enter a roadway that is flooded.

Over the past 24 hours, DelDOT’s maintenance crews have been removing debris along the roadway; clearing the storm drains and grates to help reduce the potential of flooding on the roadways; and placing portable signs where roadways are flooded. DelDOT’s traffic signal construction crews are observing the signals and placing generators if needed on site.

The following roads are closed due to high water or water is on the roadway:

Sussex County
Primehook Road closed in Milton
River Road closed in Oak Orchard
Front Street closed in Milford
Nanticoke Road – Water on roadway
Turn Point Road – Water on roadway
Inlet Road – Water on roadway
Mercer Avenue in Oak Orchard – Water on roadway

Kent County
Old Cemetery Road near Route 1-Water on roadway
Old Cemetery Road and Tubmill Pond Road – Water on roadway
Tubmill Pond Road – Water on roadway
Market Street in Frederica – Water on roadway
Skeeter Neck Road – Water on roadway
Williamsville Road between Holly Hill Road and Blairs Pond Road – Water on roadway
Prospect Church Road, south of Route 14 – Water on roadway
Deep Grass Lane between Thistlewood Road and Williamsville Road – Water on roadway
Hills Market Road between Route 13 and Sugar Stick Road – Water on roadway
Andrewsville Road between Gallo Road and Prospect Church Road – Water on roadway
Allabands Mill Road between Todds Mill Road and Camden-Wyoming Avenue – Water on roadway
Killens Pond Road, just north of Bloomfield Road – Water on roadway
South Bowers Beach Road at Webbs Cut-off – Water on roadway
Todds Chapel Road between Hickman Road and Fishers Bridge Road – Water on roadway
Hazlettville Road between Wyoming Mill Road and Artis Drive – Water on roadway
Big Stone Beach Road between New Wharf Road and Greenhouse Road – Water on roadway
New Wharf Road between Big Stone Road and Route 1 – Water on roadway
Deep Grass Lane between Williamsville Road and Rod Club Road – Water on roadway
Barkers Landing Road, just east of South State Street – Water on roadway
Cypress Branch Road, just north of Ponderosa Drive – Water on roadway
John Hurd Road between Spectrum Farms Road and Meredith Road – Water on roadway

The posting will be in effect until the water has receded to a safe travel level. During these weather conditions, DelDOT may close Route 1 between Dewey Beach and Bethany Beach; and the Charles W. Cullen Bridge over the Indian River Inlet.

Speed Limit Lowered
The speed limit on I-495 has been lowered to 45 mph in New Castle County.

Evacuation routes are posted on DelDOT’s website
http://www.deldot.gov/information/projects/tmt/evac_map.shtml

DART and Paratransit Services
DART First State buses remain on schedule in all three counties. DART and Paratransit customers are urged to stay tuned to weather reports and be prepared for service interruptions should weather conditions worsen. In the event of any service interruption, DART will issue Rider Alerts to riders who subscribe to the service. For further information www.DARTfirststate.com

Motorists can adjust their routes or travel times by using DelDOT’s Smartphone application. The DelDOT App is available for Apple & Android smart phones and tablets, and can be downloaded free at the Apple and Google Play stores or go to www.DelDOT.gov and click on the link to stores.

Those interested can view video of “Live Traffic” conditions in New Castle, Kent, and Sussex Counties at http://www.DelDOT.gov/information/travel_advisory or listen to WTMC 1380 AM.

Follow DelDOT on social media by selecting the Twitter or Facebook icon buttons on DelDOT’s website or directly at http://twitter.com/DelawareDOT or http://www.facebook.com/DelawareDOT

 

Governor Markell Issues State of Emergency in Sussex

With moderate to major coastal flooding expected at high tides today and tomorrow, along with high wind warnings along the coast, Governor Jack Markell has issued a Limited State of Emergency for Sussex County, effective immediately. State offices will remain open and no driving restrictions are being implemented, however localized road closures may occur as conditions warrant it. See full text below.

Residents of flood-prone areas of Sussex County and throughout Delaware are at risk of significant flooding and residents of those areas should seriously consider taking precautionary measures, including evacuating voluntarily or planning for potential evacuation and use of travel routes around flooded streets and roads. A list of flood-prone areas is included below.

“Though predicted rainfall totals have dropped and the expected path of Hurricane Joaquin remains well off-coast, high winds and coastal flooding will significantly impact Sussex County,” said Governor Markell. “State and local officials are taking the necessary steps to prepare for possible evacuations and road closures and the National Guard has been deployed to Kent and Sussex Counties to support those efforts, as needed. Residents in flood-prone areas of the state should prepare accordingly and continue