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Hurricane Floyd ...

Carper Believes
'Worst Behind Us'
State of Emergency Lifted Friday at 6 a.m.

Sussex County Online Storm Center

Delaware Gov. Thomas R. Carper lifted the state of emergency imposed in the state as a result of Hurricane Floyd at 6 a.m. Friday, Sept. 17, 1999.

Earlier, in a 4 p.m. news conference on Thursday, Sept. 16, Gov. Carper said he believed the state had fared well even though the eye of Floyd passed over Fenwick Island on Thursday afternoon.

"No dune damage has been reported, the storm surge was not remarkable, and property damage in the beach areas, which sometimes can be significant, does not appear to be great," said Gov. Carper at the time. "I don't know if we're entirely out of it, but we hope the worst is behind us."

Floyd dealt Sussex County a parting blow from 5 p.m. Thursday until the early morning hours Friday with tropical storm force gusts that kicked up the inland bays with waves pounding docks and bulkheads. Flooding is a problem in western Sussex County, particularly Bridgeville, Greenwood and Seaford.

More than 200 people evacuated low-lying and beachfront areas for shelters in Georgetown, Frankford and Milford, Gov. Carper said.

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