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Carney surveys damage from Friday’s storm in Greenville, northern Delaware

Delmarva Power crews were celebrating the finish of restoring power to victims of Isaias when they called back for Friday's storm.

The sounds of Delmarva Power crews restoring power to people without it since Friday’s thunderstorm nearly overwhelmed comments Sunday from Gov. John Carney, who toured the area in mid-afternoon.

Speaking at Kerfoot Farm Road near the DuPont Country Club, Carney said the damage from massive flooding and hundreds of old trees being knocked down on roads and buildings will “easily” cost millions of dollars to clean up and repair.

The state will bear some of that cost since the Delaware Department of Transportation helped clear roads, he said. 

Final damage estimates aren’t available yet. The cost will be in addition to the damage from Tropical Storm Isaias on Tuesday, which included a 30-mile tornado from Dover to Middletown.

Delmarva Power officials said Sunday that as of 2 p.m., their crews had restored power to more than 10,000 people in the Greenville area since Friday night and were working on 161 outages involving about 3,332 customers.

Those customers should have power restored by the end of tomorrow, officials said. 

“However, most customers should have their service restored before then,” a Delmarva statement said. “We understand that these outages are disruptive and are frustrating for customers who may have experienced multiple outages last week. We appreciate customers’ patience as we work to restore service.”

Gov. John Carney, left, on Sunday toured damage from Friday night’s storm in Greenville and northern Delaware, Photo by Christopher Kersey.
Gov. John Carney, left, on Sunday toured damage from Friday night’s storm in Greenville and northern Delaware, Photo by Christopher Kersey.

Delmarva Power officials described the double whammy the crews had to endure from two storms only a few days apart. 

The tropical storm and tornado knocked out power and downed trees on Tuesday in Delaware. Then, on Friday, as the last customers’ power was restored and employees were celebrating, they were  called back.

The Friday storm knocked out power to 13,000 customers, and Isaiah knocked it out for 130,000, Delmarva officials said. 

Mt. Cuba Center and Gardens remained closed on Sunday while crews cleaned up  damage from Friday’s storm.

“About 15-20 trees were downed in the gardens, one of which caused damage to our garage,” said a Mt. Cuba statement on it Facebook page. “And 100s are down across Mt. Cuba’s 1,000 acres of natural lands.” 

Several trees fell on the Main Drive and Barley Mill Road, the post said.

Friday Night storm damage still showed Sunday in Wilmington’s Haynes Park. Photo by Christopher Kersey
Friday Night storm damage still showed Sunday in Wilmington’s Haynes Park. Photo by Christopher Kersey

The historic main house basement was flooded as were other buildings, the statement said.

The damage included parts of Wilmington, which Mayor Mike Purzycki toured Saturday.

Haynes Park, off Miller Road near the Home Depot, was one of the hardest hit areas with many trees knocked down and damaged. The park is closed, and residents are asked not to get near the park to survey the damage.

The Friday night storm was one of the most extreme and sudden to develop over Wilmington in recent memory, said a statement on the city’s Facebook page.

“There are downed trees and wires, which is making walking and driving hazardous in the northern part of the City,” the statement said.

Both the city and Delmarva Power warned people to stay away from downed wires and assume any downed wire is energized.

To report an outage or downed wire, call 800-898-8042 or report and track through Delmarva’s mobile app or its website at delmarva.com/storm.

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