Carney declares State of Emergency as a way to coordinate disaster response after storms rip through state


Gov. John Carney on Tuesday issued a State of Emergency to coordinate response and recovery efforts following the high winds, heavy rainfall, tornadoes, and flooding due to Tropical Storm Isaias. The State of Emergency was effective at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, until further notice.

The state was hit by tornadoes and floods after Tropical Storm Isaias rolled through the state on Tuesday. Another storm on Friday spawned a tornado and straight winds that led to damage in the Wilmington area.

Several communities in Delaware experienced significant damage from Tropical Storm Isaias,” said Gov. John Carney. “We are declaring a State of Emergency to provide coordinated assistance. for response and recovery efforts from storm damage. Severe weather can happen quickly. I urge all Delawareans to stay safe and prepare for any future weather events by visiting

The State of Emergency allows the Delaware Emergency Management Agency (DEMA) to direct and coordinate the resources to assist with response in areas affected by the storm.

The State of Emergency also directs the Delaware Department of Transportation and the Delaware State Police, in consultation with DEMA and the Secretary of the Department of Safety and Homeland Security, to close bridges and roads as necessary to protect the health and safety of Delawareans and travelers.

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