Update: Flooding, evacuations after remnants of Ida sweep through region

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Northern Delaware is coping with high water in multiple locations on Thursday  as torrential rain from the remnants of Hurricane Idea hit the region Wednesday night.

Flooding was reported along the Brandywine and Christiana rivers on Thursday morning. WDEL reported that evacuations were taking place on the East Side of Wilmington and at a condominium complex at Rockland and Mount Lebanon Roads, due to flooding.

Gov. John Carney and other officials were slated to tour the flooded areas in Wilmington.

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The City of Wilmington earlier reported multiple emergency operations involving City, County, and state personnel were underway, including water rescues by the Wilmington Fire Department and New Castle County.

“While the Brandywine River has crested, it will take several hours, most likely well into tomorrow, for the water to recede,” a release from the Delaware Department of Transportation stated. “We are seeing significant flooding in areas along the river in northern New Castle County and the city of Wilmington.
 
DelDOT is asking people to call #77 to report any road issues. This number goes directly to our Traffic Management Center, where they can dispatch a maintenance crew to inspect the area. 
 
The City of Wilmington has its Emergency Operations Center up and running, along with reception centers at the PAL Center on North Market Street, and William “Hicks” Anderson Community Center. The center is focused on evacuations and rescues. DelDOT is assisting with road closures. DEMA and the National Guard have deployed resources as well. If people need assistance they should call 311, according to a statement.
 
Logan Herring, who heads The WRK Group reported via social media that a large percentage of Wilmington’s Riverside neighborhood is under water, with boat evaluations taking place. WRK has been leading an effort to revitalize the neighborhood.
 
“My heart aches for the individual losses experienced by our neighbors as homes have been ruined and personal possessions and keepsakes destroyed,” Herring wrote.
 
Road closings from DelDOT
  • Chambers Rock Rd – Flooding – Closed between DE/PA Line & Thompson Station Rd
  • Barley Mill Rd – Water has topped the bridge – Closed between Brackenville Rd & Creek Rd
  • Beaver Valley Rd – Flooding – Closed between Beaver Dam Rd & Creek Rd
  • Ramsey Rd – Flooding – Closed between DE 92 & Beaver Dam Rd
  • Thompson Bridge Rd – Flooding – Water Topped Over Bridge – Closed between Guyencourt Rd & Woodlawn Rd
  • Old Barley Mill Rd – Flooding – Closed between Rising Sun Rd & DE 141
  • Rockland Rd – Flooding – Closed between Black Gates Rd & Adams Dam Rd
  • Adams Dam Rd – Flooding – Closed between State Park & Rockland Rd
  • Smith Bridge Rd – Flooding – Closed between Creek Rd & RT 100 until further notice
  • Hillside Rd & Centerville Rd – Wires down across road – Closed between Centerville Rd & Greenspring Rd – DP&L notified.
  • Creek Rd between Ramsey Rd and Beaver Valley – flooding but passable
  • Mt. Cuba Rd – Tree In Wires Across Rd – between Barley Mill Rd & Rail Road Bridge
  • 12th Street – Flooding – Closed at I-495 (Request from C.O.W.)
City of Wilmington
  • 12th Street (Entirety – beginning at Northeast Blvd.) – Mandatory Evacuation underway
  • Northeast Blvd – Flooding – Closed East side of Bridge from 12th Street to Vandever Ave
Canal District
  • Airport Rd at Nonsuch Creek – Flooding – Closed between New Castle County Hope Center (Old Sheraton) & McArthur Dr
  • Stanton Christiana Rd – Flooding – Closed between Bus Depot and the Train Station
  • E. Main Street / Old DE 7 – Flooding – Closed between Christiana Fire Company & Park & Ride (Just North of DE 273/DE 7 Intersection)

“Obviously this terrible storm has caused serious flooding devastation throughout the city,” said Wilmington  Mayor Mike Purzycki. “We are doing our very best to ensure that everybody is safe, first and foremost, and that we address the aftermath of this historic storm so that get things back to normal again.”

While rainfall was heavy in Delaware, areas to the north received upwards of seven inches of rain, leading to the heavy runoff on the Christina and Brandywine that hit the Wilmington area especially hard.

Philadelphia was suffering from similar issues that included the Vine Street Expressway resembling a canal rather than a key traffic artery.

(See map below of 24-hour rainfall totals below from the University of Delaware’s DEOS system).


Tornado warnings were issued on Wednesday night as violent weather moved through the area.

 

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