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Hurricane Floyd ...

State of Emergency
Lifted in Delaware
Hurricane Floyd Wrapup

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

On Wednesday, Sept. 15, Gov. Carper declared a state of emergency in Delaware due to Hurricane Floyd's approach. The state of emergency was in effect from 8 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 16, through 6 a.m. Friday. The eye of the storm passed over Fenwick Island at 4 p.m. Thursday.

Although the storm's impact was less than anticipated, Gov. Carper on Wednesday urged citizens to take the storm seriously.

"People honestly need to be concerned," said Gov. Carper on Wednesday. "We've been lucky for a number of years and dodged a lot of bullets, but we're not always going to be lucky. We should hope for the best and prepare for the worst."

Coastal Sussex County had two brushes with Floyd, the worst of which came on the back side with tropical storm force winds kicking up the inland bays into a froth. Western Sussex County saw the most impact, however, with serious flooding reported in Seaford, Bridgeville and Greenwood.

The only movement restriction in Sussex County during the state of emergency was a ban on recreational vehicles and trucks with three or more axles on Indian River Inlet bridge as the storm passed by Thursday afternoon.

The state of emergency empowered the governor to call out the National Guard and institute other measures if necessary.

The governor also encouraged school districts throughout the state to cancel classes Thursday and all complied. Also, residents in low-lying areas were urged to evacuate and over 200 did so to shelters in Frankford, Georgetown and Milford. Campgrounds were also evacuated and closed.

As part of the state of emergency, officials urged residents to take the following precautions:

  • Stay informed about Floyd's progress through media reports
  • Have ample non-perishable food supplies on hand
  • Prepare for power outages
  • Remove outside objects that could become projectiles

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