High tides, storm surges bring major flooding to Delaware community

LONG NECK, Del. – “There’s nothing that you can do, this is mother nature, this is part of living on a peninsula,” said Long Neck resident Carol Loy.

Residents in long neck are bracing themselves for more flooding and abnormally high tides this weekend as the once nor’easter now called subtropical storm Melissa brews off the Mid-Atlantic coast.

“The nor’easter’s I think are worse on us than the hurricanes are here,” says Loy.

Emergency officials tell 47 ABC these types of storms typically last for more than one day which is the main reason why these areas by the water are seeing so much flooding.

“That water has no way to drain back out so it kind of stacks up,” said Sussex County Emergency Operations Director, Joe Thomas.

Some residents in Delaware say it’s not unusual to see this type of flooding with these weather conditions, but as each day progresses it’s getting more severe.

“This is, this is extreme. Tonight it’s supposed to be the worst yet I’ve heard,” said Long Neck resident Fay Kline

That’s why officials are urging residents to stay inside if they can during the next high tide cycle.

“Don’t drive in any flooded water at any time because you just don’t know what’s underneath the water,” said Thomas.

But despite the flooding,  residents say they’ll get through it just like they have before.

“It’s just a way of life here, I mean you sometimes have to take the good with the bad,” said Loy.

Officials add that the worst of the high tide will begin around 8:00 PM. They’re also reminding people that if you’re driving and do see flooded streets to turn around, don’t drown.


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