Delaware Public Media

Roads flooding as rain hammers First State

Sep 29, 2016


Delaware transportation officials say you should be on the lookout for road flooding through Friday night.

Crews are currently barricading flooded roads around the state, according to Jim Westhoff of Delaware’s Department of Transportation.  

“Or if the road is still open but there’s some water on the road we’ll station a vehicle there with the lights on to give people some warning that there’s some water on the road,” he said.

Westhoff said you should be especially cautious of flooding at night when it’s more difficult to see water on the road.

And you should never drive through water if you don’t know how deep it is. If you do drive through water, you should do it slowly.

The National Weather Service measured more than eight inches of rainfall in Sussex County over Wednesday night. The First State may see up to four inches more rain by Friday night.

Here's DelDOT's current list of road closures due to flooding:

North District (I-95 and North):

Roads Closed due to High Water

  • None

Trees Down:

  •  None

Canal District (Newark to Kent County Line):

Roads Closed due to High Water

  • Flemming Landing Rd south of Paddock Rd
  • Rt 299 (main Street) between Old Corbett Rd  and Front Street

Trees Down:

  •  None

Central District (Kent County)

Roads Closed due to High Water

  • Tub Mill Pond Rd at Fork Landing

Water on Road

  • New Burton Rd @ Webbs Ln
  • Bowers Beach Rd @ Bay Rd
  • Bayside DR @ S. Little Creek RD
  • Cypress Branch rd @ Point Landing Rd
  • Rt 42 between E. Denneys Rd and RT 9

Trees Down:

  • Buffalo Rd @ Barratts Chapel Rd (Leaning, roots exposed, in danger of falling)
  • Lochmeath Way between Peachtree Rd. and Voshell mill Rd.  

South District (Sussex County):

Roads Closed due to High Water

  • (DE 5) Harbeson Rd between Forrest Rd & Phillips Branch
  • DE 5 @ Beaver Dam RD
  • Long Drain Rd DE 20 & Cross Keys Rd (Possible Road Damage
  • Beaver Dam Rd between Holly Mount & Indian Mission
  • Oak Orchard Rd IAO DE 5
  • RT 36 at Lighthouse rd.
  • Phillips Branch RD Holly Mount and RT 5
  • Hollyville Rd between RT 5 and Harmons Hill  Rd
  • Big Stone Beach Rd @ New Wharf Rd
  • Big Stone Beach Rd south of Herring Rd

Water on Road

  • DE 1 @ Key Box Road, between Dewey Beach and Indian River Inlet
  • Cave Neck Rd @ Hudson Rd
  • DE 20 @ Chapel Branch
  • US 113 @ DE 26
  • US 113 @ Melvin Joseph
  • DE 24 @ Millsboro Town Limits
  • Homestead Rd @ Hardscrabble Rd
  • Millsboro Highway @ Godwin School Rd
  • Doc Frame @ Mt Joy Rd
  • Pole Bridge Rd
  • DE 1 @ Clifton NB & SB
  • Zoar Rd between Avalon and Field wood drive
  • Gravel Hill Rd between Zoar Rd and Springfield Rd
  • RT 1 @ RT 54
  • Fisher Rd between Cool Spring Rd and RT 23

Water flowing over Hearn Auxiliary Spillway Spill – US 13A may need to be closed, South District Monitoring situation.

Trees Down:

  • Patriots Way @ Sussex Central High
  • Snake Rd @ Bethel