Governor Markell Announces Lifting of Limited State of Emergency in Sussex County

Governor Markell Announces Lifting of Limited State of Emergency in Sussex County

Northside beach in Delaware Seashore State Park on Sunday Funday  ... Buddy Cahall
Northside beach in Delaware Seashore State Park on Sunday Funday … Buddy Cahall

Wilmington, DE – Governor Jack Markell announced this evening that he has lifted the Limited State of Emergency for Sussex County that had been imposed Saturday as Tropical Storm Hermine approached the Mid-Atlantic region.  See the Governor’s full order lifting the State of Emergency below.

Hermine brought rain, moderate winds, and localized flooding during high tide to Delaware’s coastal region.  However, the storm track has continued to keep the system off the coast and it is not expected to bring additional rain or damaging wind to the First State.  Members of the public should be mindful that higher than normal water levels at high tide will continue to be experienced along the coast and lower Delaware Bay communities through at least Tuesday morning and with it the possibility of localized flooding in those areas.  Individuals in those areas should continue to have a plan in place if water levels begin to rise.  State and local emergency services, transportation, law enforcement and other agencies will continue to closely observe Hermine’s effect on the state and monitor forecasts for the storm as long as it remains off the Mid-Atlantic coast.

“I’m thankful that Tropical Storm Hermine has remained off the coast and its impact on our state has been minimal,” Governor Markell said.  “I want to thank the first responders, emergency management staff, Delaware National Guard, DelDOT crews and others for working to ensure the safety of residents and visitors during this storm event.  We remain prepared to take any necessary action to protect public safety and property as Hermine remains in our region over the next few days.  I wish all Delawareans and visitors to our state a safe and enjoyable Labor Day holiday.”

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Executive Department


WHEREAS, Sussex County was expected to experience significant rains, high winds, and tidal flooding caused by Tropical Storm Hermine; and
WHEREAS, I instituted a limited state of emergency in Sussex County, effective at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 3, 2016, to address the effects of Tropical Storm Hermine; and
WHEREAS, I am proud of the first responders and other individuals from fire companies, police departments, the National Guard, DelDOT, Sussex County governments, the Delaware Emergency Management Agency and other governments and agencies who assisted throughout this weather event to secure the lives and livelihood of Delaware citizens;

NOW THEREFORE, I, JACK A. MARKELL, hereby declare:

  1. My declaration of a limited state of emergency dated September 3, 2016 is terminated effective immediately.
  2. Pursuant to 20 Del. C. § 3116(a)(11), the Delaware National Guard shall continue to provide necessary assistance to state and local authorities, at the discretion of the Adjutant General or his designee, to protect life and property from any effects from an actual or threatened emergency or disaster.

APPROVED this 4th day of September, 2016, at 7:30 p.m.

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