Markell lifting state of emergency at midnight

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Delaware National Guard photo.

Gov. Jack Markell lifted the State of Emergency at midnight, although it may take another day for things to get back to normal after a large snowstorm.

Markell also said state offices will open two hours late at 10 a.m.  City offices in Newark and Wilmington will be closed on Monday.

Wilmington Mayor Dennis Williams ordered the Level 2 driving ban to remain in effect in Wilmington until 10 p.m. Sunday to ease snow removal efforts. The City of Newark lifted its Level 2 ban at  2  p.m. on Sunday.

Level 2 bans driving by non-emergency personnel, with some exceptoins.

Government offices were closed in Newark and Wilmington. New Castle also closed its offices,

Wilmington continued to cope with snow removal on sometimes narrow streets, announcing on Monday that it was hauling away snow in some areas and had employed contractors and  parks worker to assist in the tax.

Schools were also closed on Monday,  including Delaware Technical Community College, Delaware State University and the University of Delaware.

The winter storm that began Friday led to snowfall in New Castle  and Kent Counties, as well as snow, coastal flooding, and strong winds in Sussex County.

Snowfall totals were a foot or more in northern Delaware, although the totals may have seemed higher to shovelers, due to blowing, drifting and the work of private snow plow contractors who made many passes on streets in an effort to keep up.

Areas in southern Chester County, PA were harder hit as the storm tracked to the north.

More than 500 DelDOT workers will continue to rotate continuously overnight and into tomorrow morning, as they have since 7 a.m. Friday to deal with more than 13,000 miles of roadway.

Primary roads were generally clear by Sunday morning and most of the past day’s work has focused on secondary roads.

Also, more than 260 National Guard members were on duty for the storm, working to transport doctors and nurses, evacuate residents from flooded areas of Sussex County, and perform other duties to support emergency operations.

Significant flooding in Sussex County continues to represent challenges for residents in coastal areas. More than 50 people have evacuated their homes.

Nearly all roads in the state are now open.

Delaware State Police reported that as of noon Saturday, troopers have handled 135 property damage collisions, 14 personal injury collisions, 205 disabled vehicles, and 48 traffic hazards statewide.

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