WEATHER ALERT: State of emergency declared for Sussex, Kent counties


Gov. Jack Markell has declared a state of emergency for Kent County and Sussex County to better enable response to the current storm, effective at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 12.

Earlier on Thursday, Markell authorized the Delaware National Guard to position heavy vehicles and personnel in a number of locations in Sussex County to be ready for any needed response to flooding overnight or Friday. In addition, the Guard delivered more than 1,000 sandbags to Sussex County for use by local governments in staving off flooding.

Throughout the day, state agencies led by the Delaware Emergency Management Agency have worked to monitor conditions and respond, including DelDOT, DNREC, Delaware State Police, the Division of Public Health and others. DEMA officials will monitor the weather throughout the night and stay in close contact with county and local emergency management agencies.

DEMA and the Kent and Sussex county governments are urging residents in areas prone to tidal flooding to monitor water levels and have a plan to leave their homes if conditions warrant.

Aside from heightened emergency response, state government operations are currently expected to continue as normal Friday.