Woodland Beach evacuated; Route 1 closed in coastal Sussex

Ken Mammarella Government

Route 1 in Sussex County. DelDOT photo

Route 1 in Sussex County. DelDOT photo

Friday’s weather was as miserable as predicted, with strong winds, coastal flooding, a warning of flash floods and multiple roads closed or impassible.

The flooding forced the evacuation of Woodland Beach in Kent County and closed part of Route 1 in Sussex County and other roads throughout the state, the Delaware Department of Transportation reported on Friday evening.

Flooding made more roads closed or impassable in eastern Sussex County, Delaware State Police said Friday, including Route 1/Coastal Highway between John J. Williams Highway, Rehoboth, and Garfield Parkway, Bethany. Also closed: Long Neck Road south of Cove Road, Millsboro;  Camp Arrowhead Road south of John J. Williams Highway, Lewes; and Cedar Branch Road between Mills Road and Drawbridge Road, Milford.

“The flooding will be notable both for its unusual intensity and particularly long duration, with concern lasting through at least Sunday morning before the elevated waters at last recede,” The Washington Post reported.

“The storm could even bring the highest water levels observed in Delaware Bay, beating out any flood events tied to past hurricanes or winter storms,” it continued.

“The National Weather Service is forecasting water levels on Delaware Bay at Reedy Point to crest at 9.5 feet Friday evening, corresponding to major flood stage.” The post published a striking tweet from meteorologist Bill Karins.

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The roads

New Castle County closures: Airport Road at Nonesuch Creek, Fleming Landing Road, Route 299 at Soup Hill Road in Odessa, Blackbird Landing Road between Union Church Road and Gumbush Road, Route 9 between Bayview Road and Vance Neck Road, Route 9 between Silver Run Road and Vance Neck Road and Marl Pit Road at Drawyers Creek.

New Castle County roads with high water: Silver Run Road/Vance Neck Road, Route 9 at Dragon Creek and Route 9 at Augustine Beach

Kent County closures: Bridge on Cypress Point Road in Magnolia, South Market Street in Frederica, Port Mahon Road, Big Stone Beach Road, New Wharf Road, Hay Point Landing Road at County Line, Bowers Beach Road at Wilson Road, South Little Creek Road between Horse Pond Road and Route 9, Route 9 between Little Creek and Bayside Road and Route 42 in the area of Front Street (Leipsic)

Kent County roads with high water: South Bowers, Woodland Beach and Sorghum Mill Road and East Lebanon Road.

Sussex County closures: Route 1 in both directions between Fred Hudson Road and Indian River Inlet, River Road in Oak Orchard, New Road at Canary Creek Bridge,
Pilottown Road, Park Road, Cedar Beach Road between Mills Road and Drawbridge and
Long Neck Road.

Sussex County roads with high water: Lighthouse Road in Slaughter Beach, Woodland Road at Woodland Ferry Road and Country Club Road.

DelDOT urges motorists who encounter a flooded roadway or debris to contact the Transportation Management Center at #77.

Weekend forecast

The weekend forecast has some good news. On Saturday, the rain will die down. and on Sunday evening, trick-or-treaters can expect it to be mostly clear, with a low around 48 throughout the state and winds only at 5 mph.

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