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Floodwaters Slowly Subsiding in Lewes

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Frozen floodwater in Lewes, Del. (Photo: WBOC) Frozen floodwater in Lewes, Del. (Photo: WBOC)

LEWES, Del.- Lewes residents are still dealing with the aftermath of this weekend's storm. Flooding remains in the low lying residential areas, although much of it froze overnight into Monday morning.

Chip Davis has lived lived in Lewes for 40 years and was surveying the scene.

"This was the worse that we've seen," he said. "We've seen good flooding but this is probably the tops."

Peter Scioli, owner of Touch of Italy, feels the same way. He lives on Midland Avenue, which he said is often impacted by the high tide.

"It's probably just as bad as Sandy, if not a little bit worse," he explained. "The water came out of nowhere, it was six inches one second, 45 minutes later it was a foot and a half to two feet, it was insane."

Gov. Jack Markell lifted the State of Emergency in Delaware Sunday evening, and although the water is receding, not everything is back to normal.

"This was all underwater, where we're standing was all underwater, from the canal bridge which was closed, to the beach," Davis said. "Be careful with puddles, because you just don't know what's under there, or how deep it is."

Orange cones inform drivers that it may be too dangerous to drive still. Early Monday morning, a DART bus attempted to drive down Cedar Avenue, but it was too risky, and passengers had to walk out to the main road.

"We're at the mercy of God," Davis added. "Hopefully this is our one and only snow."

Markell took an aerial tour of southern Delaware on Sunday to survey the damage done by flooding and besides the residential areas he also noted there will be a need for beach replenishment because of the high tides.

The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control will do further work this week to evaluate the damage as well.


 

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