Rain causes havoc on Delaware roads

Heavy rainfall is taking a toll on Delaware’s roadways, particularly in the Seaford area.

Officials from the Delaware Department of Transportation report that after an overnight deluge of rain, numerous roads and bridges remain closed throughout Delaware, but there does not appear to be any significant damage.

There are two sections of road in the Seaford area that appear to be damaged. Those roads are Route 20, at Road 556, and Ellis Mill Road. Both of those roads have sections that appear to be washed out. 

No bridges appear to be washed out or have significant damages, according to preliminary visual inspections.  However, inspectors will continue to inspect and monitor roads and bridges.

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Motorists are warned not to attempt to drive through flood waters, because currents can be faster, and depths can be deeper than they appear from the surface.

Go here for real-time travel advisories.

Below is a list of closed roads and bridges in Delaware:

Sussex County

Seaford Area:

Road Closures:

Route 20, Stein Highway is closed between Shuffelt Rd and Seaford Town limits, due to high water

Ellis Mill Rd. between Woodland Ferry Rd.  and Lonesome Rd.                                

Old Carriage Rd. between Stein Hwy. and Woodpecker Rd.                                      

Boyce Rd. between Owls Nest Rd. and Chapel Branch Rd.                                   

Woodpecker Rd. at Intersection of S542      

Bridge Closures:

Woodland Road

Craig’s Mill Road

Stein Highway

Boyce Road


Milford Area:

Meadow Brook Lane, near Evergreen Dr.                                                                                


Laurel Area: 

Road Closures:

Rd 481 between Rt 20 & Rt. 13                               

Rd 491 between Rd 78 & Rd. 493                         

Rd 506 between Rt 24 & Forest Knoll Development                                                      

High Water:

Old Sharptown Road Bridge                  

Rd 500 between Rd 493 & Rd. 498                 

Rd 494 between Md line & Rd. 498                  

Rd 487 between Rd 78 & Rd. 490                                                                     


Bethel Area:

Snake Rd, between Woodland Ferry Rd & Main Street


Kent County

Milford Area 

Closed —  Tub Mill Pond Rd off Rt. 1                                                                                

High Water:

Deep Grass Lane, between Thistlewood & Williamsville Rd                                                   

Deep Grass Lane, between Huntings Quarter Rd & Abbotts Pond Rd                              

Abbotts Pond Rd., between Williamsville Rd & Griffiths Lake Dr                                          

Williamsville Rd., between Abbotts Pond Rd & Blairs Pond Rd                                           

Carpenter Bridge Rd at Fork Road             

Milford Neck Rd between Rt 1 & Pritchett Road.  Killen’s Pond Rd between Chimney Hill Rd & Scrap Tavern Rd             


New Castle County

Road Closures:

Old Airport Rd., At Non-Such Creek              

Old Rt 7, near Stanton Underpass                   

Rt 9 (Dobbinsville), In the area of Army Creek                                                           

High Water:

Smith Bridge Rd at Creek Rd

Ramsey Rd at Thompson Bridge Rd

Ridge Rd at Beaver Dam Rd

Creek Rd between Beaver Dam Rd & Ramsey Rd                           





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