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Gov. Markell Strengthens State of Emergency in Delaware

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WBOC NewsWatcher Stacy Neider of Lewes, Del., took this photo Sunday, Oct. 28, in the area of Bay City on Long Neck Road in eastern Sussex County, WBOC NewsWatcher Stacy Neider of Lewes, Del., took this photo Sunday, Oct. 28, in the area of Bay City on Long Neck Road in eastern Sussex County,
WBOC NewsWatcher Diane O'Hara of Milford, Del., took this photo on Sunday, Oct. 28, of the road to Ceder Creek Public Boat Launch covered with water. WBOC NewsWatcher Diane O'Hara of Milford, Del., took this photo on Sunday, Oct. 28, of the road to Ceder Creek Public Boat Launch covered with water.

REHOBOTH BEACH, Del.- Gov. Jack Markell has expanded his executive order that declared a state of emergency for Delaware to include a requirement that businesses in mandatory evacuation zones must now be closed by 6 p.m. Sunday.

The mandatory evacuation period for coastal communities in Sussex, Kent and New Castle counties, and a flood-prone area in western Sussex County began Saturday at 8 p.m. and must be completed by 8 p.m. Sunday. The list of areas ordered to evacuate include:

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

Flood-prone 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 Del. 24 (John J. Williams Highway), including Angola, Long Neck and Oak Orchard
  • Flood-prone areas along Del. 26 (Vines Creek Road and Atlantic Avenue)
  • Flood-prone areas along Del. 54 (Lighthouse Road)
Sussex County Western Communities
  • Flood-prone areas in close proximity to the Nanticoke and Broad Creek rivers
Kent County Delaware Bay Communities
  • Woodland Beach
  • Pickering Beach, including any homes east of 799 Pickering Beach Road
  • Kitts Hummock Beach, and all addresses above 2123 Kitts Hummock Road
  • Bowers Beach, including any homes east of Old Bowers Road
  • South Bowers Beach
  • Big Stone Beach
  • Bennetts Pier
  • Port Mahon Road, any address above 900
New Castle County, City of New Castle
  • Washington Park Subdivision
  • Dobbinsville
  • 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 homes south of Augustine Beach and east of Silver Run Road/Del.

The Delaware Department of Transportation said that since noon Sunday, tolls on northbound Route 1 have been waived. Vehicles are being directed onto the EZ-Pass lanes. This will continue until 8 p.m. Sunday. According to DelDOT, this will help the smooth evacuation of people leaving the coastal areas.

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