Governor Carney terminates state of emergency for Sussex County

DELAWARE - Governor John Carney has terminated the State of Emergency in Sussex County.

However, Governor Carney urges drivers to continue exercising caution on roadways.

Many Code Purple shelters in the state will be open during the weekend as temperatures continue to drop.

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With roadway conditions continuing to get worse, Governor Carney issued a state of emergency for Sussex County and level two driving restriction on Thursday.

The State of Emergency for Sussex County took effect at 2:00 PM and the level two driving restriction took effect at 1:00 PM on Thursday. Governor Carney also authorized the Delaware National Guard to help state and local officials with any necessary response and recovery for the severe weather storm.

The level two driving restriction means that no person can drive a motor vehicle on Delaware roadways, except for essential personnel.

Level two- Driving Restriction Definition:

  • Travel on the roads is restricted to emergency workers, public utilities, health care providers such as hospital staff, public and private operators of snow removal equipment, private sector food and fuel deliveries and those industries, companies, or organizations that have been provided a waiver, including businesses with pressing continuity and operational issues.

Road conditions update:

  • In Sussex County, Del DOT is telling residents that this will be a long clean up event due to the high winds, drifting snow, and extremely cold temperatures. Del DOT will continue to focus its efforts on plowing primary roads.

While Kent and New Castle Counties have reportedly seen lesser snow accumulations, high winds and drifting snow are still dangerous and drivers are told to be cautious of icy conditions because of the below freezing temperatures. Del DOT snow plows are active in plowing and treating primary roadways.

Del DOT says that it will continue to provide regular updates throughout the duration of the storm event.

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