Carney puts state of emergency into effect for forecast snow, flooding

Update: Gov. John Carney announced that state offices in Kent County, where snow was falling steadily, would be closing for the day from noon until 11:59 p.m. due to the weather.

Non-essential employees for the state who live or work in Kent County were told to leave for the day at noon. Essential employees remained at work and reported as scheduled.

City of Dover officials announced around 10:30 a.m. that its offices, the public library and John W. Pitts Recreation Center would be closing at 11 a.m. due to the weather.

The Dover Public Library also announced that Wednesday’s meeting of the Other Worlds Book Club, which meets at Grey Fox Grille & Public House on State Street in Dover, was cancelled due to the inclement weather. A makeup date has not been set as of yet.

DOVER — Given the forecasted storm conditions, Gov. John Carney last night issued a state of emergency for Delaware, authorizing the Delaware National Guard to assist state and local officials with any necessary response and recovery for the winter storm that is to impact the state through tomorrow.

The authorization, which became effective at midnight, will allow the National Guard to mobilize resources to assist with response related to heavy snow in New Castle County, and potential coastal flooding in Kent and Sussex counties. The State of Emergency also directs state agencies to assist in response and recovery efforts in coordination with the Delaware Emergency Management Agency.

All public school districts in Delaware and state offices in New Castle County are closed today. Non-essential employees who live or work in New Castle County are not to report to work for this period. Essential employees are to report as scheduled.

 

The National Weather Service called for heavy snow at times today in the Dover area with a high near 35 and total daytime accumulation of 3 to 5 inches, along with north wind around 18 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. In Sussex County, that forecast anticipated lower snow accumulations. The forecast called for a high near 38 degrees, northeast wind of 28 to 31 mph, with gusts as high as 46 mph and total daytime snow and sleet accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.

Bayhealth announced some satellite office closures for today, but said Bayhealth Hospital, Kent Campus; Milford Memorial Hospital; and the Smyrna Emergency Center were open as usual. The outpatient services centers on the Kent Campus and Milford Memorial were also open, as well as Bayhealth’s Cancer Centers, Wound Care, Dialysis, Infusion Services and Bariatric Offices.

The following locations are closed: Bayhealth Medical Group Offices, Bayhealth Outpatient Centers in Middletown, Dover, Eden Hill, Smyrna, Milford on Airport Road, Milton, Harrington; Bayhealth Neurosurgery Offices; Bayhealth Cardiac Diagnostics in Dover and Milford; Bayhealth Occupational Health and WalkIn Center in Milford; Bayhealth Cardiovascular Surgical Associates and Bayhealth Outpatient Therapy Services (PT, OT, Speech) in Dover and Milford. (For updates, visit Bayhealth.org.)

As of Wednesday morning, there were no driving restrictions in effect. Throughout the storm, motorists may monitor real-time conditions, snow plow activity, and traffic cameras by using DelDOT’s Smartphone application. The DelDOT App is available for Apple and Android smartphones and tablets, and can be downloaded free. Search for “DelDOT” at the Apple and Google Play stores. Motorists can also listen to WTMC 1380 AM for updates on road conditions.

The Delaware Department of Transportation said this morning it continues to treat roads and prepare for the arrival of a statewide snow event. As of 9 p.m. Tuesday, DelDOT maintenance and operations yards in New Castle County were fully staffed and treating roadways due to icy conditions. In Kent County, half of staff reported at 2 a.m., and the remaining by 7 a.m. For Sussex County, a quarter of staff reported at 2 a.m., and the remainder by 7 a.m. Staff will also be monitoring Route 1 for potential flooding south of Dewey Beach throughout the storm.

The state of emergency will remain in effect until further notice, according to the governor’s office.

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