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August 28, 2011

Great Seal of Delaware

Governor Lifts Level 2 Driving Restrictions
Level 1 Traffic Warning in Effect

Some Roads Not Passable

The Governor is also removing the mandatory evacuation and closure of businesses for all areas in which it had been in effect, effective immediately. However, some communities, especially along the Delaware Bay in Sussex and Kent counties, are inaccessible due to flooding. A limited state of emergency will remain in effect for the purpose of some cleanup activities.

The Governor is also removing the mandatory evacuation and closure of businesses for all areas in which it had been in effect, effective immediately. However, some communities, especially along the Delaware Bay in Sussex and Kent counties, are inaccessible due to flooding. A limited state of emergency will remain in effect for the purpose of some cleanup activities.

THIRD MODIFICATION OF THE
STATE OF EMERGENCY FOR THE STATE OF DELAWARE
LIFTING THE MANDATORY EVACUATION ORDER AND LEVEL 2 DRIVING RESTRICTION AND
IMPLEMENTING A LEVEL 1 DRIVING WARNING

WHEREAS, in connection with the imminent danger posed by Hurricane Irene, I issued an Executive Order on Thursday, August 25 declaring a State of Emergency for New Castle, Kent and Sussex Counties; and

WHEREAS, on Friday, August 26, the State of Emergency was modified to mandate the evacuation of residents and non-residents from specified areas near major waterways, and on Saturday, August 27, the State of Emergency was expanded to implement a level 2 driving restriction across the entire state; and

WHEREAS, Hurricane Irene has left the area, but high winds and rains will continue, there are more than 50,000 people without power, there are downed trees and standing water on some roads, and some communities in Delaware remain inaccessible due to flooding; and

WHEREAS, I have determined that the mandatory evacuation order is no longer necessary, although persons should continue to exercise caution in areas previously evacuated; and

WHEREAS, I have determined that driving restrictions is no longer necessary, but that a driving warning should remain in effect due to flooding, debris, and high winds on Delaware roads.

NOW THEREFORE, I, JACK A. MARKELL, pursuant to Title 20, Chapter 31 of the Delaware Code, do hereby declare that the previously issued executive orders shall remain in effect until further notice, with the following modifications:

  1. The Level 2 Driving Restriction implemented on August 27, 2011 is hereby terminated, effective immediately.
  2. A Level 1 Driving Warning is implemented effective immediately.  Any person operating a motor vehicle in Delaware shall exercise extra caution in the operation of their motor vehicle. Nonessential employees, regardless of whether employed by a public or private entity, are encouraged not to operate a motor vehicle on the State's roadways unless there is a significant safety, health or business reason to do so.
  3. The mandatory evacuation order implemented on August 25 and 26, 2011 is hereby terminated, effective immediately.
  4. All persons located in areas previously evacuated and in areas along major waterways across the State, including the Brandywine River, the Christina River, the White Clay Creek, and the Red Clay Creek, are urged to exercise caution and not enter areas experiencing flooding or standing water. 
  5. Business in all areas of the state may open and are encouraged to exercise caution as they resume operations.
  6. 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 for the Adjutant General or his designee. 
  7. Except as set forth above, all provisions of the previously issued Executive Orders shall remain in effect.  Those provisions include, but are not limited to, the following:
    1. The Delaware Department of Transportation and the Delaware State Police, in consultation with the Delaware Emergency Management Agency and the Secretary of Safety and Homeland Security, may order such bridge and road closures as necessary to protect the health and safety of the public;
    2. State and local officials may remove abandoned vehicles from roads in the State of Delaware at the expense of the vehicle owner; and
    3. Notwithstanding the requirements of Chapter 47 of Title 21 of the Delaware Code, any utility driver engaging in the provision or restoration of utility services and any driver making food and fuel deliveries shall be exempt from the hours of service requirements of 49 C.F.R. Part 395 in its entirety.

Approved this 28th day of August, 2011, at 10:15 AM EDT

Governor Jack Markell

 


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