State sees some flooding from storm

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Delaware escaped  the snow, but ended up dealing with coastal flooding, rain and high winds.

As early as Tuesday afternoon, state and county emergency agencies were urging residents in areas that experience flooding during coastal storms to move to higher ground.

According to a release from the state, there is  still concern about the high winds that will continue in the area, as well as possible flooding along the Atlantic coast, Delaware Bay and in back bay communities.  A Coastal Flood Warning remains in effect until 8a.m.  Thursday for Kent and Sussex Counties, with a Winter Weather Advisory posted until 6am Thursday in New Castle and Kent Counties. And a Wind Advisory continues until midnight Wednesday night in Kent and Sussex Counties.

A few roads in all three counties were closed due to flooding, most notably Route 1 between Dewey Beach and Bethany Beach was closed in both directions after waves breached a dune north of the Indian River Inlet Bridge and covered the roadway with water.

Primehook Road was closed for a short period Wednesday morning when water made the road impassable.  An alternate route in and out of Prime Hook was closed at 7 p.m..  Afternoon departures on the Cape May-Lewes Ferry were cancelled.  In Maryland, officials closed the Chesapeake Bay Bridge briefly Wednesday afternoon due to high winds, but later re-opened it to passenger vehicles only.  Trucks and other large vehicles are being re-routed.

By late afternoon (5pm),  fewer than  6,300 power outages were reported across the state, most  in Sussex County.  Crews from Delmarva Power and the Delaware Electric Cooperative are working to restore power to affected areas.

Kent and Sussex Counties activated their Emergency Operations Centers (EOC) at  4 p.m..  The state EOC was activated at 6pm, and is staffed by Delaware Emergency Management Agency (DEMA) personnel and select representatives from other agencies.

 

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