Friday, February 5, 2010

State of Emergency Declared

It's official.
February 5, 2010

Markell Declares Statewide State of Emergency Effective at 8:00 PM

Motor Vehicles Are Restricted On Roads Starting At 10 pm
Wilmington, DE - Governor Jack Markell declared a State of Emergency covering the entire state of Delaware effective at 8:00 pm today, with vehicles ordered off the roads as of 10 p.m.
Conditions are expected to intensify with heavy snowfall and strong winds that will make driving exceptionally dangerous. Given the anticipated strength of this storm, DelDOT crews are expected to concentrate on major arteries for plowing, initially leaving many secondary roads unattended.
As of 10 p.m. tonight and until further notice, the emergency declaration allows only emergency vehicles and essential personnel on the roads until further notice. The Governor will evaluate the conditions of the roads after the storm passes on Saturday morning to determine how long this restriction will remain in place. Private sector businesses are strongly urged to consider the safety of their employees and the restriction of travel during the storm when deciding whether to remain operating. Abandoned vehicles will be towed at the owner’s expense.
“For your safety, the safety of our emergency personnel, and the safety of all Delawareans, drivers should stay off the roads once this storm begins and intensifies,” Markell said. “Our state agencies have been working together to prepare for and combat the effects of this storm. Remaining off the roads helps them in this effort and is important to public safety.”
Well, that's out of the way... No work tomorrow.
Read the official document HERE.

And so it goes.


  1. I hope you are safe and warm. We're in the midst of our share here. At 7 am when I ran the snowblower, we had 13+ inches and it is still coming down (and will all day). I had to run my little snow blower early because I was sure it would not handle the finished product. I'll do it again later today.

    The state of emergency that you cite reminded me of one in PA at the big storm of Jan '96. The governor shut the state down for all but vitally essential services (hospitals, etc.). My employer at the time (a book publisher) stated to us "we never close for weather". The governor had words with the owner. The next time a snow flake fell, we were closed.

  2. Very strange to look out my wall of windows and see NO car headlights traveling up or down Rt. 1. Sort of like the end of the world.

  3. It is hard to imagine there is snow anywhere, as we have rather pleasant weather at the moment.
    A big snowstorm sounds fun actually.
    I am glad though we are not traveling this weekend!

  4. Hope you stayed inside during this blizzard. We need a sign of life, Cajun!


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