The Governor declares a limited state of emergency to deal with one area of North Wilmington after the county deals with over 7 inches of rain
Govenor Jack Markell declared a limited state of emergency to an area hard hit by flood waters in North Wilmington. The Shellpot Creek flooded out a privately owned bridge on Colony Drive near Lea Boulevard. The state of emergency declaration lets Del DOT go in and create a dirt road giving residents living in that area the ability to leave. The washed out bridge has cut off about a 100 people.
The heavy rains of Thursday hit parts of the state hard. When residents woke up this morning they found New Castle County airport had officially recorded 7.5 inches of rain. The Christina River was one of many rivers to over flow its banks. Some residents had to evacuate their homes and head for shelter elsewhere.
The Red Clay and Votech school districts were closed today. Busses couldn’t get through many areas around New Castle County.
Photographer Gene Ashley found a flooded 12th Street near I-495 in Wilmington. The Brandywine River was ready to jump its banks near the River Walk at the Market Street Bridge.
New Castle County Emergency Management Coordinator Dave Carpenter says the heavy rainfall from a massive rainstorm that moved up the East Coast combined with coastal tides to flood roads around the county, with 2 to 5 feet of water in some areas. He says flood waters were receding Friday morning.
All of this is because of Tropical storm Nicole. The National Weather service says the storm has raced past New England. The weekend should be sunny, cooler, and rain free.