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February 6, 2010
Wilmington, DE - Governor Jack Markell announced that the State of Emergency continues to be in effect until further notice. The travel restrictions for operating motor vehicles on the roads of Delaware will be lifted, beginning at 8:00 p.m.
The modification is intended to allow critical commercial activities and travel on major routes as they become passable, and to allow persons without power to travel to seek shelter if they are able to do so. However, motorists are still strongly advised to stay off the roads. In some areas, local restrictions remain in place, so drivers should check with local authorities.
"While some travel is becoming necessary, many roads are still not safe. Please do not put yourself and others at risk by driving needlessly," said Markell. "Our teams are working very hard. Staying off the roads will help them do their jobs more safely and effectively."
Due to the intensity and duration of the snowfall, snowplowing activities have been limited to major highway routes. Abandoned vehicles from roads in affected areas may be towed at the owner's expense, and private sector businesses are urged to consider the safety of employees when deciding when to resume operations.
The joint public relations team, representing the Delaware State Police, the Delaware Emergency Management Agency, the Delaware Department of Transportation, the Office of Highway Safety and the Delaware National Guard will continue to provide updates as the situation evolves.
For advice concerning local conditions, please contact the offices of Emergency Management:
City of Wilmington Office of Emergency Management – 302-576-3914
The text of the declaration follows:
MODIFICATION OF DECLARATION OF A STATE OF EMERGENCY FOR THE STATE OF DELAWARE DUE TO A SEVERE WINTER STORM
WHEREAS, the entire State of Delaware has been subject to significant snowfall and high winds for the past 24 hours, creating dangerous conditions; and
WHEREAS, the intensity and duration of the snowfall has kept snowplowing activities limited to major highway routes only, leaving secondary, subdivision and back roads unaddressed; and
WHEREAS, tens of thousands of homes and businesses are without power, and likely will continue to be for some time; and
NOW THEREFORE, I, JACK A. MARKELL, pursuant to Title 20, Chapter 31 of the Delaware Code, do hereby declare that the State of Emergency declared for the entire State of Delaware on February 5, 2010 at 8:00 p.m. E.S.T. continues to be in effect until further notice, with the following modifications:
1. Effective February 6, 2010 at 8:00 p.m. E.S.T., the travel restriction for operating motor vehicles on the roads of Delaware is lifted. The lifting of the restriction is intended to allow critical commercial activities and travel on major routes as they become passable and to allow persons without power to travel to seek shelter if they are able to do so.
2. While this formal travel restriction is lifted, motorists, other than authorized personnel responding in emergency situations, are strongly advised to avoid operating motor vehicles on roads in Delaware.
3. State and local officials are authorized to continue to remove abandoned vehicles from roads in affected areas at the expense of the vehicle owner.
4. Private sector businesses are strongly urged to consider the safety of their employees and the inadvisability of travel when deciding whether to resume operating.
5. Paragraphs 1, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 of the February 5, 2010 emergency declaration remain in effect, and I continue to reserve the right to take or direct state or local authorities to take, without issuance of further written order, any other necessary actions authorized by Title 20, Chapter 31 of the Delaware Code to respond to this emergency.
APPROVED this 6th day of February, 2010, at 5:00 p.m