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BREAKING: Delaware declares Level I State of Emergency

Delaware Gov. Jack Markell has declared a Level I, or low-level, State of Emergency for Kent and Sussex Counties. This means that residents can travel on the roads only if absolutely necessary. The state created a three-level warning system for drivers following last winter’s blizzards. In Sussex County, the primary roads are snow-covered but still passable, for now. In a previous statement, DelDOT announced that they were “all hands on deck” in terms of staffing.

Weather Conditions Turn Hazardous as DelDOT Snow Removal Crews Work Into the Evening

As the winter storm settles in over Delaware, crews from the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) will continue working into the night.  Crews are focusing their efforts on primary and multi-lane roads, working to keep ahead of the snow accumulation.

In accord with the Level I State of Emergency, that has been issued by Governor Jack A. Markell, drivers are discouraged from driving unless it is absolutely necessary to do so.  The Level 1 Driving Warning issued by the Governor started at 4 p.m. Sunday in Kent and Sussex and is expected to last at least until Sunday evening.
Conditions will continue to be assessed to determine if the Level 1 Driving Warning should be extended to New Castle County, but drivers are encouraged to be cautious and refrain from the roads unnecessarily as conditions worsen. Public notification will be made when the warning is lifted.

Road Conditions

In Sussex County, the main roads are passable, but snow covered. “Passable” means that roads can be driven upon, but only if the motorists uses extreme caution. The secondary and minor roads in Sussex County have not been plowed, so many of them may not be passable.

In Kent County, the roads are more snow-covered in the southern edges of the county.
In the northern part of the county, many of the roads are wet, but conditions could change quickly. DelDOT crews report all the primary roads are passable in Kent, and some of the minor roads have been plowed.

In New Castle County, the interstates and major roads are wet, with no snow
coverage. New Castle has received significantly less snowfall than southern
Delaware.

State of Emergency

Under a new law passed in the wake of last winter’s snowstorms and designed to provide more clarity to drivers, Delaware now has a three-level driving warning and restriction system. A Level 1 Driving Warning means: Drivers are discouraged from operating a motor vehicle on the state’s roadways, unless there is a significant safety, health or business reason to do so.

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18 Responses

  1. Sussex County says:

    what the hell is a Level 1 State of a Emergency? Is it a State of a Emergency or not?

  2. Sussex County says:

    So what is a State of a Emergency Level 2 and 3?

  3. Howard says:

    It means that all dumb asses should stay off of the roads. Stay Home do not try to travel to work.

  4. Suzie Q. says:

    Oh my God I have to go to work, what if I lose my job? I am so worried, please let me go to work. I have clients that need taken care of. I need work!! I love my job!! Do you think my clients could come to me??

  5. joe schmoe says:

    He’s declared that no one should travel unless absolutely necessary but state and county offices are open tomorrow? Boy, I can’t wait to run out and get my building permit or marriage license tomorrow morning first thing!

  6. MikeC says:

    County offices are closed as of 10pm update. I think DE should be able to declare a “State of Idiocy”…requiring people making senseless comments while hiding behind their keyboards, find a hobby. While in snowstorm conditions….they should be required to find more than one. (The exception being Howard’s comment…so true!)

  7. MikeC says:

    Let the State and County do what they need to do…..there is probably a reason, or more than one, that nobody here is in charge of any of these agencies….just read above.

  8. MikeC says:

    A quick web search can tell ANYONE the exact criteria for a state of emergency in DE…and the levels it entails.

  9. Michelle says:

    Good question Sussex County. I just did a 15 minute “quick search” and could find no clarification between the levels. Could you post a link MikeC?

  10. MikeC says:

    Title 20…Chapter 31…SubsectionIII. Here’s a link for those of us that can’t do their own homework:

    http://delcode.delaware.gov/title20/c031/sc03/index.shtml

  11. MikeC says:

    15 minutes is a long time to NOT be able to find it.

  12. MikeC says:

    Scroll down…Sec. 3116: Powers: part 12…a,b and c.

  13. Michelle says:

    I know, right. All the State of DE stuff kept coming up with February’s storm info. I love how helpful and kind everyone is on this site. Thanks for the link, Mike:)

  14. MikeC says:

    Sussex’s first question was actually very poor…the answer was right above his post.

    Under a new law passed in the wake of last winter’s snowstorms and designed to provide more clarity to drivers, Delaware now has a three-level driving warning and restriction system. A Level 1 Driving Warning means: Drivers are discouraged from operating a motor vehicle on the state’s roadways, unless there is a significant safety, health or business reason to do so.

    People would do very well to read completely before sounding off.

  15. Bob Kirby says:

    I live in Milford and worked at DuPont Seaford for 36 yrs. I had to drive an usually unplowed Milford Greenwood road many many times over 36 years and a great deal of the storms were a lot worse than this. DuPont couldn’t shut down they tried to keep everyone there. Most of the ones who didn’t make it in were from Seaford, Laurel and Bridgeville.
    I never missed a day because in my entire career.

  16. gail patton says:

    Are the courts and government offices closed for Maryland in a State of emergency?

  17. James says:

    You can go out and drive, but shouldn’t. You can go to work, but shouldn’t, but be careful. Thats what it means. You won’t get into trouble or a ticket for going.

  18. Penquin says:

    Secondary Roads

    TO: DELDOT

    FROM: SANTA

    My wish for you–not a gift that may be illegal unless you are a developer or have provided air travel services to Ruth Ann Minner

    1. Please hire consultants to read “how to build a Bridge” plans.

    2. Turn the Woodland Ferry over to Delaware River an Bay Authority.

    3. Ensure all property owners receive payment for “Non Development” rights.

    4. Produce a employee manual that defines “DelDOT terms” i.e. what is a secondary road.

    5 I will leave a copy for your spoke person–Jim Westoff.

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