Delaware drivers deal with flooded roads in Wilmington

It was slow going for Wilmington commuters this morning trying to get through some high water on several routes into the city.

Earlier this morning, Wilmington Police said the heavy overnight rain caused severe flooding on a number of roads in the city.  Those roads included S. Heald St., New Castle Ave., S. Market St., S. Walnut St., and E. 12th St. at I-495.  Roads into and out of the city in the Southbridge area, the S. Market St. area and E. 12th St. were completely impassable.

The water had dissipated by mid-morning to allow drivers to slowly make their way through the high water.  

The National Weather Service’s unofficial observations on rainfall totals show Newark received 2.45 inches of rain, while 1.64 inches of rain fell in Newport near Wilmington.  High winds knocked down power lines and caused some power outages in northern Delaware.  Wind gusts were recorded as high as 60 miles per hour.

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