State in clean-up mode after Isaias hammers state

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Delaware is cleaning after widespread damage from Tropical Storm Isaias.

The storm was notable for having an impact throughout the state, with the power outages and flooding.

Gov. John Carney issued a State of Emergency afterIsaias raced through the state on Tuesday, leaving behind, flooding, damaged homes, and thousands without power.

The State of Emergency allows the state to coordinate recovery efforts stemming from the tropical storm that left damage throughout the Mid-Atlantic and into New England.

The State of Emergency because effective at 3 p.m. on Tuesday.

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

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Damaged storage center in southern New Castle County. New Castle Paramedics photo.

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

The storm apparently led to one death. Delaware State Police reported a woman died in Milford, apparently after being struck by a tree limb while inspecting her property.

Wind-related damage was reported in much of the state with tornadoes near the C&D Canal.

Dover Mayor Robin Christiansen earlier declared a State of Emergency for Dover.

The Delaware Emergency Management Agency is asking businesses and homeowners with damage to upload a description and a photo. The information will be used in the event that the stake seeks a disaster declaration. Click here for a link to the form.

Route 1 southbound in the Townsend area was closed for a time after tractor-trailers tipped over due to the wind.

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Flooding at the Rodeway Inn. Newark Police photo

On Tuesday, Newark Police were called to the Rodeway Inn at 1120 South College Avenue after it was found that flooding from the Christina River had moved into the parking lot and to rooms on the first floor.

Working with the Aetna Hose Hook and Ladder Company of Newark, about 200 people were evacuated from the motel before water overtook the first floor rooms. About 25 of those people were transported to a shelter set-up by the American Red Cross at Glasgow High School in coordination with the New Castle County Office of Emergency Management. No injuries were reported and no watercraft were used for the evacuation.

The motel was temporarily closed by the City of Newark Building Department.

William Sullivan, managing director of the Courtyard by Marriott, Newark-University of Delaware, said the property had 50 room bookings, primarily from people who lost electricity in the storm in the area around Newark. About half of the guests are staying over for a second night. One family at the hotel lost their home in the Bear area to a possible tornado.

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A damaged and perhaps destroyed house in southern New Castle County. Photo from New Castle County Paramedics

To the north in Hockessin, New Castle County paramedics and the Hockessin Fire Company made a water rescue at the flooded parking lot of the Lantana Square Shopping Center.

First responders found an occupied vehicle lodged in a drainage basin, trapping the occupant inside. Bystanders who came to the occupant’s aid also became trapped in the swift water. Three patients were transported to Christiana Hospital with others refusing medical treatment on the scene.

The storm moved quickly through the state with skies brightening and winds diminishing.

Delmarva Power reported 64,000 customers were without power as 4:30 p.m., down from about 80,000 earlier in the day.

Delaware Electric Cooperative’s outage map showed more than 7,0000 of its 100,000 customers in areas of Kent and Sussex counties were without power.

The National Weather Service reported evidence of a tornado in the Dover and Smyrna area. Damage to a commercial storage shed was reported in Middletown.

Winds led to tractor-trailers being overturned on Route 1 in the Townsend area. Delaware State Police reported southbound lanes were closed early this afternoon.

State Police also reported other road closings, trees down, and hazards on roadways.

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Delmarva Power Photo.

The DEOS weather observation system reported the heaviest rain on the northern edge with 6.6 inches in Claymont, five inches in the Newark area, and less than an inch in the southern beach area of the state.

The Delaware Department of Transportation issued advisories for motorists that include not attempting to drive through flooded roads and watching for fallen trees and other hazards. Residents in flood-prone areas should also prepare to evacuate, DelDOT noted. Evacuation routes which are available on DelDOT’s website.

Delaware is the nation’s lowest-lying state.

Crews from Delmarva Power’s sister Exelon company, ComEd in Chicago, are traveling east to support the restoration effort.

In addition, the company has secured additional mutual assistance from companies in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi,Ohio, Tennessee and Canada should the need arise.

The path of the storm could also affect other Exelon utilities that include PECO, Atlantic City Electric and BG&E.

The storm is expected to lead to the postponement or cancellation of coronavirus testing events in Delaware. Many of the events take place in drive-up settings.

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