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Evacuation ordered in Parts of Wicomico County

The Wicomico Youth & Civic Center opens at 10 a.m. Friday as a shelter for county evacuees. (WBOC Photo) The Wicomico Youth & Civic Center opens at 10 a.m. Friday as a shelter for county evacuees. (WBOC Photo)

Updated at 10:10 a.m. Friday with revisions to ZIP codes

SALISBURY, Md. - Portions of Wicomico County near the Nanticoke and Wicomico rivers, along with parts of Salisbury, must be evacuated starting Friday morning, County Executive Richard M. Pollitt Jr. ordered Friday.

The approach of Hurricane Irene, bringing high winds, heavy rain and the potential of flooding up to five feet, necessitates the evacuation, Pollitt said in a press release.

Jim Fineran, public information officer for the county, said Friday that the evacuations could not termed mandatory. "We are not in the position to force people out of their residences," Fineran said.

However, he urged residents to follow the evacuation order, given the potential for danger presented by Hurricane Irene.

The evacuation will begin at 10 a.m. Friday, with the goal of completion by 4 p.m. Saturday. Areas to be evacuated are:

ZIP Codes:

  • All of 21840 (Nanticoke Post Office)
  • All of 21814 (Bivalve Post Office)
  • All of 21865 (Tyaskin Post Office)
  • 21856 west of Nebo Road (Quantico Post Office)
  • 21830 west of Athol Road (Hebron Post Office
  • 21822 (north and west of Upper Ferry Road (Allen Post Office)
  • 21837 (Mardela Post Office)
  • 21861 north and west of Sharptown Road only (Sharptown Post Office)

Areas in the City of Salisbury

  • Riverside Drive from Douglas Road to Cooper Road on the west side of Riverside Drive
  • Williams Landing Place
  • Wicomico Street (west of Riverside Drive)
  • Beauchamp Street
  • Georgia Avenue (west of Riverside Drive)
  • Ridge Road
  • North Pinehurst on the Wicomico River side
  • Riverside Pines Court
  • Cotton Patch Island
  • Bell Island Trail
  • Fitzwater Street
  • King Street
  • Ford Street
  • Birch Street
  • Burton Street
  • Willow Street
  • W. Main Street between Mill Street and Fitzwater Street
  • Germania Circle
  • Kent Avenue
  • Queen Anne Street
  • Jefferson Street
  • Caroline Street
  • Dover Street
  • Liberty Street
  • Homer Street
  • Edgemore Avenue
  • Alexander Avenue
  • Bowl Drive
  • Raymond Drive
  • Anchorage Nursing Home

The evacuation affects an estimated 5,600 people, said David Shipley, director of the county's Dept. of Emergency Services.

Evacuees first should seek shelter with friends or relatives, or at a motel or hotel, the release said.

For those needing a place to stay during the evacuation, the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center will open as a shelter at 10 a.m. Friday. The center, located at 500 Glen Ave. in Salisbury, will accommodate pets, the release said.

Residents seeking hurricane-related information should call a "Hurricane Hotline" at 410-548-9452, Pollitt said. They should not call 911, which must be reserved for emergency calls.





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