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Del. Governor Issues Limited State of Emergency in Sussex County

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River Road in Millsboro, Del. (Photo by Holly Collins Donaway) River Road in Millsboro, Del. (Photo by Holly Collins Donaway)
River Road at Chiefs Road in Millsboro, Del. is shown in this photo submitted to WBOC on Friday by Travis Vanscoy. River Road at Chiefs Road in Millsboro, Del. is shown in this photo submitted to WBOC on Friday by Travis Vanscoy.
Laurel, Del. is shown late Thursday afternoon following a downpour. (Photo: Diane Brubaker) Laurel, Del. is shown late Thursday afternoon following a downpour. (Photo: Diane Brubaker)

WILMINGTON, Del.– With moderate to major coastal flooding expected at high tides Friday and Saturday, along with high wind warnings along the coast, Delaware Gov. 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, the governor's office said localized road closures may occur as conditions warrant it. At around 3 p.m. Friday, the state Department of Transportation closed Route 1 in both directions from Dewey Beach to Fred Hudson Road in Bethany Beach. 

The governor's office said 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.

“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,” Markell said. 

Assets of the Delaware National Guard have been deployed to Kent and Sussex counties to act in support of local efforts. Markell also reminded residents of flood-prone areas to prepare for possible evacuation and to continue to monitor local media and messages from state and local agencies for updates.

The Delaware Emergency Operations Center is activated with a reduced staff Friday; however, the governor said additional staff are on standby and can be called in if needed.  

Flood-Prone Areas of 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

For more on Markell's limited state of emergency declaration, click here

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