Heavy rain triggers flash flooding

A pickup truck splashes through water on Carpenter Bridge Road in Frederica on Friday. There were flooded streets in several areas as heavy rain fell in areas of Kent and Sussex. According to the Delaware Environmental Observing System, its Ellendale station recorded more than 5 inches of rain, as of 5 p.m.. In Prime Hook, nearly 4 inches were record. Milford, Frederica and Dover all had two or more inches of rain. (Delaware State News/Marc Clery)

DOVER — Heavy rain overwhelmed City of Dover streets and drains Friday.

Among the worst areas was the parking lot of the Bayhealth campus off near Water Street and Governors Avenue and Fraizer’s restaurant on Loockerman Street near Silver Lake.

One report showed water up to the waist of a Bayhealth employee who was trying to help move cars from the lot.

The area near Water Street has historically been flood prone due to antiquated drain pipes.

At about 5:30 p.m. Friday, the Dover Public Library on Loockerman Street was closed due to flooding.

“Reports are showing between 4-5 inches of rain came down in Dover— which obviously caused flash flooding in almost all areas of town,” a City of Dover social media post said at about 7:30 p.m.

“Some streets are still covered. The excessive rainfall was more than our storm sewers could handle however some areas got it even worse due to the storm drains being covered in mowed grass, trash and newspapers.

“We are in for rain off and on over the next several days. To increase the effectiveness of the storm sewers near your home, please take a few minutes and make sure they are clear of all debris.

“Stay safe … special shout out to Dover PD, Dover Fire and Dover Electric – all of whom were extremely busy due to the flooding.

“Please remember – if its flooded turn around, park in a safe area and wait it out – it isn’t worth endangering yourself or first responders.”

The National Weather Service reported nearly 4½ inches of rain for Dover.

Cars are stranded on Reed and Bradford streets in downtown Dover on Friday. (Submitted photo/Jon Lloyd Jr.)

The Delaware Environmental Observing System stations in Dover had rainfall total of about 2½ inches. The system’s highest reading was 5.37 inches in Ellendale.

 

Reach editor Andrew West at awest@newszap.com

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