Dec 26, 2010 posted by: Andrew Koch-WGMD News
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.
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
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.