Flash flood in Milford causes trouble

MILFORD — A flash flood crashed into Milford on Tuesday afternoon causing problems for residents, business owners and motorists.

Water seemed to reach its highest points in the downtown areas closest to the Mispillion River due to the higher water tables, according to Mayor Archie Campbell.

“Drainage is not well there. It’s the water table — the water has no place to go,” Mayor Campbell said. “There’s water in the basement at City Hall now, too. There’s offices there, computers, equipment down there… I heard they had to do a car rescue today, too… Rescued somebody out of their car at the hospital. That’s where we’re at right now.”

Others around town experienced other damages and water up to their knees or higher, like Susan Newark of Greenwood while she picked up her grandson from LuLu Ross Elementary School in Milford.

“I’ve never seen it that bad,” she said. “I am worried what’s going to happen when hurricane rains come. The ground can only hold so much.”

The ongoing rain and thunderstorms that prompted flooding conditions throughout parts of Kent County Tuesday had no direct association with Hurricane Florence, according to the National Weather Service.

Tropical Storm Gordon’s cooling effects from the weekend and Monday triggered the wet weather expected to linger until at least the weekend, NWS Meteorologist Dean Iovino said. Most of the precipitation will fall in the afternoon, evening and overnight hours, he forecast.

Hurricane Florence isn’t expected to make landfall somewhere in southern North Carolina until sometime Friday, Mr. Iovino said, and its track then will determine what areas are affected the most.

“How our area will be impacted, if at all, won’t be known until then,” according to Mr. Iovino. “Florence could perhaps head west or take a southwest path, but that is to be determined.”

At just after 3 p.m. Tuesday, the Delaware Department of Transportation announced that several roads were closed due to high water, almost all of them in Kent County.

Tidal flooding was present in the area, officials said.

Positioned barricades or water on the road signs were scheduled to remain throughout the rest of the day due to the high tide, DelDOT said.

Closed roads in Kent County included:

• Del. 1 northbound and southbound left lanes closed at Bowers Beach Road

• South Market Street, Frederica

• Fork Landing Road between Carpenters Bridge Road and Rothermel Road

• New Wharf Road between Big Stone Beach Road and Northeast 10th Street

• Big Stone Beach Road between New Wharf Road

• South Bowers Beach Road at Webbs Cut-Off

• North Market Street, Frederica

• Bowers Beach Road at Whitwells Delight Road

• Cypress Branch Road between Evergreen Road and Ponderosa Road

• Ponderosa Road between Cypress Branch Road and Plain Dealing Road

• South Little Creek intersection at Del. 9, Little Creek

• Del. 9 between South Little Creek Road and Lowe Street, Little Creek

• Del. 9 between the north end of Flemings Landing Road and Shorts Landing Road

• Del. 6/Woodland Beach Road between Lighthouse Road and Smyrna Landing Road

• Del. 42 at the Town of Leipsic

• Woodland Beach Road, east of Del. 9

• Port Mahon Road from the fuel tank farm east.

In Sussex County, River Road was closed between Layton Davis Road and Oak Orchard Road.


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