Sussex County Council members on Tuesday, March 30, approved county staff pursuing a program that would aim to provide assistance to some property owners whose homes have been damaged by flooding. The grant assistance comes from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and is intended to help prevent flood damage where it is severe and repeated.
Two empty houses that had been waiting for a date with the wrecking ball will instead find new life as temporary housing for those in need and those aiming to help them.
The Delaware State Police and the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control about 1:10 p.m. were on the scene of a crash involving a train and a car on East Redden Road, east of U.S. 113, near Georgetown.
Minor injuries were reported, according to the DSP.
Motorists are being asked to avoid the area due to emergency equipment responding to the scene.
The message is clear: for homeowners facing foreclosure or even just starting to feel the pinch of not being able to make mortgage payments: don’t give up. And no matter what, don’t just walk away. With the economy and housing industry still struggling, there are plenty of options out there and more ways to get help every day.
A coastal storm, combined with astronomical high tides and a full moon, has resulted in the National Weather Service issuing a coastal flood warning and a hazardous weather outlook for the Bethany Beach area. Minor coastal flooding during Wednesday morning’s high tide may elevate to moderate flooding on during the next high tide into Thursday.
Although snowflakes are few and far between in Delaware as of 3:30 p.m., Thursday, the National Weather Service predicts that snowfall will gradually increase over the state and continue through Thursday night into Friday. However, forecasts for accumulation have been lowered since early Thursday morning.
This week saw new developments in the case of Earl Bradley, and the pain that has been felt in the community in the wake of allegations of child sexual abuse by the Lewes pediatrician has only become more far-reaching.
Search efforts to find a Selbyville man who went missing from a Fenwick Island condo on Feb. 9 have been scaled back, according to Delaware State Police, but friends and family remain optimistic and hopeful for his safe return. Police said 29-year-old Gregory Forte was last seen at a condo with friends on South Carolina Avenue in Fenwick Island last Tuesday night, and his family is now offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to his safe return.
On Tuesday, Feb. 16, Sussex County Council members discussed two bills proposed in the Delaware General Assembly relating to the counties’ new dog-control responsibilities.
The State of Emergency in Delaware was lifted at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12, by Gov. Jack Markell. But even as the state works to clean up and restore services following the back-to-back snow storms of this month, another snow event is threatening. With a possible arrival of Monday evening, the next storm could drop 8 inches or more of snow unless it shifts to a more northerly track, officials said.
Delaware remains under a State of Emergency on Friday morning, Feb. 12, 2010. The State of Emergency has been in effect since 12 midnight, Feb. 10. The travel bans contained in the original State of Emergency declared by Gov. Jack Markell that prohibited travel on Delaware roadways by non-essential vehicles were lifted on Thursday. The change was effective at noon on Feb.
State of Emergency remains in effect
Gov. Jack Markell has ordered the driving restrictions for Kent and Sussex counties to be lifted as of 6 p.m. tonight. However, the State of Emergency will remain in effect for the entire state until further notice. Earlier today, the governor and emergency officials lifted driving restrictions in New Castle County.
After taking a beating from last weekend’s blizzard that dumped as much as 15.6 inches of snow on the area and piled it high with strong winds, early this week residents of coastal Delaware were preparing for the onslaught of a second major winter storm in less than a week – this one a nor’easter expected to bring even more snow and strong winds.
Reductions in state funding for paramedics are of increasing concern for county officials as the cost of the programs and needed expansion of service have only risen while county coffers have gotten leaner with less real estate transfer tax to fund the programs.
In the wake of one of the worst disasters the Caribbean nation of Haiti has ever experienced, local businesses and organizations are still coming together to help. From sports and games to dinners and haircuts, hundreds of locals are still reaching out a hand following the catastrophic Jan. 12 earthquake, responsible for the collapse of an estimated 20,000 commercial buildings and 225,000 residences that rendered 1.2 million people homeless and was responsible for the deaths of an estimated 200,000.
Sussex County Council members on Tuesday, Feb. 2, approved an application to be sent to the Delaware State Housing Authority (DSHA) in an appeal for funding for the Community Development Block Grant program.
Sussex County is making available three county-owned properties in Georgetown for lease or purchase to organizations that will provide decent, safe and affordable housing to those in most in need in Sussex County. The county recently released its Request For Proposals (RFP) for the vacant houses. They will be taking applications, and a committee will then review those suggestions to make a recommendation to County Council sometime in mid-March.
Despite the impending blizzard, members of eight local law enforcement agencies and fire companies, and members of the public, gathered at the Bistro at Bear Trap Dunes on Friday, Feb. 5, for the 2010 Joshua M. Freeman Valor Awards, honoring those departments and the esteemed individuals that, through them, serve the local communities.
Kent and Sussex counties are still removing disabled and abandoned vehicles from roads on their secondary and local back roads, state officials reported Thursday afternoon, noting that the vehicles have been hampering efforts to clear roads and respond to emergencies.
It’s been said, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks,” but don’t tell that to Nancy LaFontaine, whose local business, K-10 Dog Training, is helping solve behavioral problems in pooches and allowing owners to bond more closely with their pets.
As of 9 a.m., officials announced Thursday morning, after consultation between the Governor’s Office and state and local emergency management officials, it was decided that the State of Emergency declared by Delaware Gov. Jack Markell will remain in effect today, February 11, 2010 as will the travel ban.
[UPDATE] Due to inclement weather, all Indian River School District schools will be closed on Friday, Feb. 12. All 12-month employees will be informed of their status at a later time, officials said.
The Sussex County Emergency Operations Center late Wednesday night put out the call for additional farmers throughout the county to lend equipment and aid so fire and ambulance crews can reach residents in an emergency.
Delaware’s frigid temperatures, high winds and recent snowfalls can be difficult for the more than 40 species of wintering songbirds that share the state’s nature resources, state officials reminded the public mid-week. Their food sources – nuts, seeds and berries – are harder for these small birds to locate and reach, especially when covered with large accumulations of snow.
URGENT WEATHER ALERT: Vehicles blocking roads will be moved, those stranded in cars must clear exhaust to avoid death or injury
State officials sent out an urgent message about 6:45 p.m. on Wednesday, noting that presently there are stranded and abandoned vehicles that are blocking some roads in Sussex County to the point that ambulances cannot proceed to make emergency runs. These disabled vehicles must be moved immediately in order for responders to carry out life-safety responsibilities.
A brief storm update from state officials as of 2:35 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 10:
• Delmarva Power crews in Sussex County have temporarily suspended operations due to visibility problems.
Gov. Jack Markell declared a State of Emergency covering the entire state of Delaware effective at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, with all non-emergency vehicles ordered off the roads.
State officials were reporting nearly 14,000 electric customers still without power – mostly in Sussex County – on Monday morning, as crews from Delmarva Power and Delaware Electric Cooperative struggled to reach and repair outages from last weekend’s blizzard. Shelters in both counties remained open for those needing shelter due to a lack of power or heat.
With the National Weather Service reporting snow totals of 20 to 25 inches with drifts in Sussex County, 25 inches in New Castle County and 22 inches in Kent County from this weekend’s blizzard, a State of Emergency remained in effect at 9 a.m. on Sunday morning.
Snow from this weekend’s blizzard had begun to taper off around 8 p.m. on Saturday night, leaving much of the state paralyzed and snowbound, and tens of thousands without power, with as many as 39,000 homes and businesses left in the dark at peak impact from the storm.