DOVER —Delaware Gov. Jack A. Markell has scaled back the state’s driving restrictions throughout the State of Delaware.
Effective as of 8:30 a.m., Gov. Markell lifted the Level 2 Driving Restriction and instituted a Level 1 Driving Warning throughout the state.
Highway crews, troopers and other emergency officials began inspections of road conditions in early morning hours and will continue those efforts throughout the day. Because of heavy flooding and other damage, the previously-designated Evacuation Areas are still in effect and should not be entered at this time.
A complete list of the Evacuation Areas statewide can be found on the DEMA home page. See link on the right side of this page.
The DEMA home page also includes maps of the Evacuation Areas for New Castle County, Kent County and Sussex County.
Although motorists are permitted to return to the roads, drivers are advised that many highways and streets remain closed as a result of storm-related damage. The high tide cycle that will move up the ocean coast and then the Delaware Bay and River between 8:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. today may cause additional flooding and closures.
The National Weather Service says Delaware will continue to experience some strong winds associated with Superstorm Sandy, the former hurricane.
In the Dover area, expect of high of near 48 today. It will be windy, with a south wind 20 to 25 mph increasing to 26 to 31 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 55 mph. Another tenth to quarter inch of rain is possible.
In Rehoboth today, the National Weather Service said winds will be 25-33 mph with potential for 65-mph gusts.
Already, Dover has received nearly 8 inches of rain.
The hardest hit with rain was the Milford area with almost 9.5 inches.
“Without minimizing the very real damage and destruction caused by this storm, particularly in our coastal areas, it thankfully appears that Hurricane Sandy did not cause the widespread statewide damage that the forecasts predicted as recently as yesterday afternoon,” said Gov. Markell. “For that reason, it is appropriate to scale back driving restrictions across our state, while keeping the evacuation order in place in our hard-hit coastal and other flood-prone areas.”
Law enforcement and local officials will be preventing access to those areas until assessments can be made. City and county officials will decide when access to those areas will be allowed.
“Although travel will be possible through much of the state this morning, this is not a signal for people with homes and businesses in the seriously flooded areas to head back to check on damage. Access will be restricted in those areas while damage is assessed,” Gov. Markell said.
The state is remaining under a Level 1 Driving Warning due to numerous road closures for flooding, signal outages, and remaining impacts from both the storm and this morning’s high tides that may cause additional flooding in some areas.
All drivers are urged to exercise particular caution in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, and to be mindful of the road closures set forth below. There are also at least 16 traffic signals that are out, so motorists should be careful.
DART Transit Service will begin a “Saturday” level of service at 10 a.m. DART Paratransit will resume at 10 a.m., however will only be making medical trips. Tolls on I-95 will resume at noon and on Route 1 at 3 p.m.
List of road closures and water on road from DelDOT:
DE54 between Van Buren Ave & DE 1 – water on road
Old Landing Road between DE 1 & Marsh Road – water on road
Iron Branch Road near Possum Park Road – water on road
Long Neck Road between Pot Nets Road & Massey Landing Road – water on road
DE 54 between DE 1 & Harpoon Hanna’s – water on road
Oak Orchard Road at River Road – water on road
Chiefs Road between Road 297 & Road 312 - water on road
DE 24 between Bay Farm Road & Long Neck Road – water on road
State Forest Road between Bowden’s Garage & Gravally Branch Road – water on road
Road 556 between Stein Highway & Road 556 – water on road
Line Road between Stein Highway & Line Road – water on road
Road 579 between Road 579 & Deer Forest Road – water on road
Atlantic Avenue between Central Ave & Canal St – water on road
Fawn Road between Road 5656 & Road 611 – water on road
RT1 is closed between Dewey Beach and RD360 (Fred Hudson RD – North of Beathany Beach) Due to High Water
Oyster Rocks RD is closed beginning at RT1 for the entire stretch of road with barricades allowing residents to leave, but not return.
Prime Hook RD is closed beginning at RT1 Due to High Water
Fowler beach rd is closed until further notice due to erosion /between the Slaughter Creek bridge and the bay
CEDAR CREEK DRAWBRIDGE IS CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
RT1 CLOSED BETWEEN RT54 & RT26
Long Neck Rd between Rd 22C to Masseys Landing – Closed
Savannah Rd. at Lewes Drawbridge – Closed
Reed St; Bellview; Collins St. at Dewey limits, the whole road. – Closed
Chandler Street at The town limits – Closed
Magnolia St. in Milton at The town limits – Closed
Front Street in Milton at The town limits – Closed
Rt 5 Union St. at The town limits – Closed
West Line Rd. between Hudson Rd to Lighthouse Rd – Closed
Rt 16 between Graves Farm Rd. to Beach – Closed
Main St. Frankford – Closed
Beaver Damn rd – Closed
Gum Rd – Closed
Snake Road between Mt Pleasant & Woodland Ferry Road – high water
Market Street between Delaware Drive & First St – roof in roadway
S301 between DE 24 & Phillips Branch Road – high water
S221 between S222 & S215 – flooded
S38, entire roadway – flooded
S244 between S38 & beach – flooded
Old Mill Rd between DE 26 & DE 54 – flooded
River Road between S297 & DE24 - flooded
S MARKET ST Bennett’s Pier Rd BETWEEN DAVID RD AND FREDERICA RD
CYPRESS BRANCH RD AT THE BRIDGE HAS WATER ACROSS THE ROADWAY
Big Stone Beach rd just north of New Wharf Rd
Front St in Leipsic – Closed
Rte 9 at S Little Creek Rd – Closed
Market St in Fredericka – Closed
Bennett’s Pier Rd – Closed
Ponderosa Dr between Plaindealing Rd & Nicholas Ln – Closed
Kitts Humock Rd from refuge to the water – Closed
Woodland Beach Rd @ Rt 9 – Closed
Port Mahon Rd – Closed
Rt 8 at Silver Lake Bridge - WATER ON ROADWAY
Haletville Rd between Artis Dr & Wyoming Mill Rd - WATER ON ROADWAY
Westville Rd between Grygo Rd & Mahon Corner Rd - WATER ON ROADWAY
Hour Glass Rd @ Slaughter Stn Rd - WATER ON ROADWAY
Rt 9 @ Flemings Landing Bridge - WATER ON ROADWAY
Andrew Lake Road - WATER ON ROADWAY
Still Rd @ Mahon Rd - WATER ON ROADWAY
Fire Tower Rd between Tomahawk Rd and Evans Rd - WATER ON ROADWAY
Fence Post Rd between Olin Dill & Turkey Point - WATER ON ROADWAY
Berrytown Rd at Rt 12 - WATER ON ROADWAY
John Hurd Rd at Spectrum Farms - WATER ON ROADWAY
Mudmill east of Mahan Corner Rd – WATER ON ROADWAY
Graves End Road between RT6 & Lighthouse Road – WATER ON ROADWAY
RT 9 @ M&M Hunting Lodge – WATER ON ROADWAY
Big Oak Rd in front of Big Oak Park – WATER ON ROADWAY
Raymond Neck between Bear Swamp & Big Woods Rd – WATER ON ROADWAY
Pickering Beach Road – passable, WATER ON ROADWAY
Lockwood Chapel Road between Pearson’s Corner Road & Judith Road – WATER ON ROADWAY
Foxhole Road near S Little Creek Road – WATER ON ROADWAY
S Little Creek Road between Horsepond Rd & Little Creek Rd – WATER ON ROADWAY
Fork Landing Rd between Rothermel and Tubmill Pond Rd – WATER ON ROADWAY
Frederica Rd between Johnny Cake Landing & Rt 1 – WATER ON ROADWAY
Fork Landing Rd between Tub Mill Rd & Carpenter Bridge – WATER ON ROADWAY
Gyro Rd between Mahon Corner Rd & Westville Rd – WATER ON ROADWAY
Saulsbury Rd between Walker Rd & Rt 8 – WATER ON ROADWAY
Farm Ln Between Olin Dill & Kersey Rd – WATER ON ROADWAY
LongRidge Rd between Hollets Crn & NCCo Line – Large Tree in Roadway
Daisy Rd at Rt 6 – Large Tree in Road
Killens Pond Rd between Sandbox Rd & Rt 14 – WATER ON ROADWAY
New Castle County:
Old State Rd reported with High Water
Old Corbit Rd reported with High Water
RT9 (East of Odessa) reported with High Water
RT 13 SB ON MARKET STREET BRIDGE IS CLOSED
IN ROSEVILLE DEVELOPMENT CHESTNUT AVE BETWEEN ROSE CR AND CEDAR ST CLOSED DUE TO HIGH WATER
PHILADELPHIA PIKE BETWEEN SHIPLEY RD AND LEA BLVD IS FLOODED
THOMAS CORNER RD BETWEEN TAYLORS BRIDGE RD AND THOMAS LANDING RD - HIGH WATER ON THE ROAD
Rt 9 north of Port Penn – Closed
Rt 9 at Twin Bridges – Closed
Old Airport Rd at Nonesuch Creek – Closed
Stanton Christiana Rd at Stanton Overpass – Closed
Old Ogletown Rd at Avon Overpass – Closed
Salem Church Rd at Reybold Rd – Closed
Governor Lea Rd – Closed
Rt 9 at Dobbinsville – Closed
US 40 at School Bell Rd - WATER ON ROADWAY
US 40 at Pleasant Valley Rd - WATER ON ROADWAY
Rt 71 at Old Summit Bridge - WATER ON ROADWAY
Rt 4 between Middleboro Rd & Wood Crest - WATER ON ROADWAY
Mill Creek Rd between Graves Rd & Mendenhall Mill Rd - WATER ON ROADWAY
Brackenville Rd between Old Wilm Rd & Lancaster Pk– Closed
Rolling Mill Rd between Barley Mill Rd & Lancaster Pike – Closed
Barley Mill Rd Between Rolling Mill Rd & Mt Cuba – Closed
Barley Mill Rd Between Brackenville Rd & Rt 82 – Closed
Sharpless Rd between Old Wilm Rd & Rt 82 – Closed
Fox Den Rd between Paper Mill Rd & Polly Drummond Rd – Closed
Rolling Mill Rd between Rt 48 & Rt 82 – Closed
Grubb Rd between Marsh Rd & Coventry – Closed
S Heald St between Rodgers Rd & New Castle Ave – Closed
Gov Printz Blvd – Multiple points – Closed
US13 southbound in area of Hearth Restaurant – Closed, wires & trees
Welsh Track Rd between Welsh Tract & Ironside Rd – Closed, wires & trees
Woods Rd from Howell School to Porter Rd – Closed, wires & trees
Welsh Tract Rd between Whittaker Rd & Iron Side – Closed, wires & trees