Hurricane Sandy Day 2 Storm News Thread

Filed in National by on October 29, 2012

As of 5 am this morning, all of Delaware is under a Level 2 Driving restriction, which means only essential personnel are to be on the roads. In reality, with most businesses closed, all schools closed, all courts closed, it means “Stay home fool.”

Governor Markell stayed on Twitter for most of last night answering Delawarean’s questions about various storm related topics, including trash collection, power issues, bridge closings, but he had this to say about the driving restrictions: “Driving restriction keeps as many people safe as possible. Even with a waiver, employers should exercise good judgement.” Hey businesses, that is the Governor telling you to shut down and keep your employees safe. Indeed, the Governor just posted this to Facebook:

Many people have expressed concerns about being forced to report to work. Please note:The law protects employees who do not report to work from adverse employment actions if there is a State of Emergency with a Level 3 driving ban or a Level 2 driving restriction. 20 Del. C. 3116(a)(12).

The law does not apply to first responders and, in the case of level 2 driving restriction, it does not apply for some employers, such as those providing healthcare services or food and fuel deliveries, or those essential employees designated by employers with a waiver from DEMA. Contact your employer for information about how these driving restrictions affect you.

Complaints by employees that an employer took action against them would be handled by the Department of Labor’s Office of Labor Law Enforcement, Wage and Hour section at 302-451-3404, once state agencies are open again.

Please use this thread to report all your storm observations and news, for as long as you have power. But most importantly, stay safe out there.

For the latest news, follow the #SandyDE thread on Twitter.

Another good source of information is WhereinDE’s 1Source.

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  1. chlorophil says:

    But is Wawa open?

  2. Delaware Dem says:

    Boat and docks on Pilottown Rd, Lewes

  3. Delaware Dem says:

    In Battery Park in Old New Castle. Wind gusting and raining, but Delaware River looks relatively calms here

  4. Delaware Dem says:

    @wademalcolm: talked to Gov. Markell: storm intensified over night, record tides expected + “waves crashing” on Rt. 1 S of Dewey

  5. Delaware Dem says:

    More flooding in Bethany Beach.

  6. Delaware Dem says:

    The town of Lewes completely flooded past the drawbridge.

  7. Delaware Dem says:

    @Stacelyn012: View from my grandfathers house. He refused to leave so my parents are forcefully removing him now

  8. duty says:

    Will the Governor ever have a press conference? All surrounding states Governor’s have had them.

  9. Delaware Dem says:

    Um, are you not paying attention? He has had press conferences up and down the state, as he has been visiting shelters and emergency management centers all day yesterday. What a ridiculous and petty attack during a crisis. You should be ashamed.

  10. Delaware Dem says:

    The Atlantic City boardwalk has been destroyed.

  11. Delaware Dem says:

    Nearly all rds in DB leading to bay off Del. 1 flooded. Dickinson toward Rudder/Lighthouse

  12. Delaware Dem says:

    Not that many people should be driving to begin with, but Route 1 between Routes 54 and 26 is now closed due to flooding.

  13. Dave says:

    “Will the Governor ever have a press conference? All surrounding states Governor’s have had them.”

    You mean like a photo op type of press conference where he somberly tells us what we already know, stressing the seriousness of the situation? I’m not sure this governor has that particular need. I think I would rather he be busy coordinating with his emergency officials making sure they all understand their roles and responsibilities.

  14. Delaware Dem says:

    And Duty, Jack Markell is now doing his, I don’t know, 40th media interview on Ch. 6, Action News, right now.

  15. puck says:

    If Markell were up there giving a press conference, Doody would be here complaining Markell wasn’t in his command center.

  16. duty says:

    Have not seen one, just looking for some leadership. But if he has already done 40 photo op type press conferences then I stand corrected. I will follow DL for my news updates. Thanks

  17. Phil says:

    Thanks for the link to 1Source. I’m trying to set up feeds to pull in more local vids and photos. Stay tuned & stay safe!

  18. Delaware Dem says:

    Westbound U.S. 40 at School Bell Road is flooded.

  19. Delaware Dem says:

    I won’t hope that this business is destroyed, but if and when it is destroyed, I surely hope that the business owner does not take any government assistance whatsoever.

  20. duty says:


  21. Delaware Dem says:

    Broadkill flooding into Cupola Park in Milton shot by DNREC’s M. Powell.

  22. Delaware Dem says:

    Shellpot Creek in Wilmington.

  23. Pencadermom says:

    Salem Church Rd. flooded out by the fire station.

  24. Pencadermom says:

    I was wrong, Salem Church road not flooded, yet, but there are wires down on the road

  25. Delaware Dem says:

    Very impressed with Delaware’s response. Coordinated and methodical. Thanks and keep up the great work

  26. Delaware Dem says:

    Just over the bridge in Savannah Road in Lewes and can’t get past Irish Eyes driveway.

  27. Delaware Dem says:

    Ocean City MD police stopping traffic at 33rd st. Approach to rt 90 bridge is underwater.

  28. Delaware Dem says:

    Stream flow at Cooches Bridge on Christina River is 1792% above normal.

  29. Delaware Dem says:

    Is it still early to start drinking yet?

  30. liberalgeek says:

    The wind has definitely picked up here in the Glasgow area in the past hour, but we still have power.

  31. pandora says:

    Nope. Mimosas and Bloody Mary’s all around!

  32. Delaware Dem says:

    Geek, the wind has died down here in N. Wilmington. Between 8 and 10 it was strong. So we are in a lull right now. We still have power too (knock on wood).

  33. Aoine says:

    Irish coffee here

  34. Delaware Dem says:

    Varlano Park underwater, including water slide

  35. socialistic ben says:

    DD, i give you leave to begin drinking.

  36. Delaware Dem says:

    Fagers Island has been destroyed.

  37. healthcare worker says:

    do you think this is going to be bad enough for a levle 3 driving restriction for us healthcare workers that are decatated but scared for our lives and pressured to come to work???? Its not safe at all!!!!!

  38. Delaware Dem says:

    LOL. @RoryplaysGolf–Mr Greengenes retired, Mother Nature knows that beaches are no longer necessary #sandyde #mrgreengenes

  39. Delaware Dem says:

    @SeanGreeneWDEL–Unless something dramatic changes soon – Bethany Beach to Ocean City MD will soon be an island with no way out. #SandyDE #SandyMD

  40. Delaware Dem says:

    Harpoon Hannah’s flooded. Rt. 54 closed due to flooding.

  41. Delaware Dem says:

    DRPA: Truck traffic to be banned from Delaware River bridges at 2 pm

  42. i walked the 1.5 miles to work this morning, and met a City of Newark employee ensuring that storm drain grates are clear. On Sunday they were clearing leaves from the roads, in advance.

    Thanks, City of Newark!

  43. Paula says:

    Markell is on Radio Times (WHYY) right now.

  44. Jason330 says:

    Awesome pics. Keep em coming! (but be safe)

  45. Paula says:

    Radio Times encouraging call-ins from DE residents.

  46. Delaware Dem says:

    I have made my first Gin and Tonic for the day. Many more to come I suspect…

  47. Delaware Dem says:

    RT @MittStormTips My thoughts and prayers go out to 53% of you. #MittStormTips #SandyDE

  48. Delaware Dem says:

    @ryancormier: Appropriately named Surf Avenue near Henlopen Hotel in Regoboth.

  49. Delaware Dem says:

    RT @ryancormier: KWY 3 interviewing a man at Boardwalk in Reboboth

  50. Delaware Dem says:

    Rusty Rudder. Flooded. As is most of Dewey.

  51. Delaware Dem says:

    The hawaiian crab on rt 54 in fenwick

  52. Delaware Dem says:

    Fagers then and now.

  53. Delaware Dem says:

    Rt. 1 North of Bethany Beach.

  54. Delaware Dem says:

    I wonder if the new bridge at Indian River is going to survive:

  55. cassandra_m says:

    A Pires large sign still up at the Nassau Bridge on RT 1 SB.

  56. pandora says:

    This is very frightening. Thanks for posting these pictures. I have neighbors who decided to ride out the storm in Fenwick. Received a text from them this morning at 7am, but they haven’t answered my last 2 texts. Hope they got out.

  57. Delaware Dem says:

    From Nemski on Facebook. LOL

  58. Delaware Dem says:

    I just heard a large bang in Talleyville. Transformer blow? Tree falling? Still have power, though. Knock on wood.

  59. Delaware Dem says:

    And then the French doors out to the deck just blew open. Nice. Wind is really picking up here.

  60. cassandra_m says:

    Canary road flooded in Lewes

  61. Delaware Dem says:

    The President is speaking live now on Sandy.

  62. cassandra_m says:

    Snow fence failure!

  63. pandora says:

    Where is that, Cassandra?

  64. AQC says:

    I just heard on the news that the Indian River Bridge picture was photo shopped.

  65. Delaware Dem says:

    Photographer David Koester of Rehoboth getting a close look at Sandy on the Boardwalk.

  66. Justwondering says:

    Thank you Delaware Dem for the pics, ESP that of Godzilla! My hubbie and I had a great laugh! Be safe!

  67. chlorophil says:

    Also, Wawa is OPEN! 🙂

  68. Justwondering says:

    Oops! Thx also to Cassandra and everyone for ur blogs and pics!

  69. Delaware Dem says:

    thanks justwondering. Please stay hunkered down and safe too.

  70. John Young says:

    this pic making rounds:

    it’s from a movie.

  71. Delaware Dem says:

    Irene is no Sandy.

  72. Delaware Dem says:

    Yeah, John. That is from “Day After Tomorrow.”

  73. cassandra_m says:

    Not sure where that picture was, P. I’m always amused at snow fence on dunes.

  74. Delaware Dem says:

    MT @sussex_pio Media reports INCORRECT about status of IR Inlet Br. Report of failure is FALSE. Water covering approaches only.

  75. Delaware Dem says:

    RT @governormarkell: There’s been flooding near the Indian River bridge, but rumors that bridge collapsed are unfounded

  76. Delaware Dem says:

    The Reedy Point Bridge is also closed in Delaware City, leaving just Rt. 9 and Cox Neck Road as ways in/out.

  77. Delaware Dem says:

    I expect in 9 months too see a baby boom.

  78. Delaware Dem says:

    At 2 pm, we will be posting a new storm thread, and I will close the comments on this one.

  79. Delaware Dem says:

    Obama has signed an emergency declaration for Delaware. Bring on the Guard!

  80. Delaware Dem says:

    Weatherbug says sustained winds are only at 6 mph at my house. Uh, no. More like 20-30.

  81. Delaware Dem says:

    Fox News’ Peter Doocy has some problems.

  82. Pencadermom says:

    Pandora, my son just scrolled through Sandy pics on and saw that fence pic. The caption said Cape May. They have almost 200 pics from all over. I can’t stop looking at the pic on here of the giant wave taken from the salt water taffy stand. This is getting scary

  83. waterpirate says:

    That Godzilla picture is priceless!!!! Where is Ultraman with his sub titles to save us???

  84. Anon says:

    Anybody downstate heard that punkin chunkin is cancelled? Seems like they would need to make that call soon since people come in from so far away.

  85. Jay says:

    Does anyone have pictures of the canal area neighborhoods in south bethany…Evergreen road behind the mcdonalds? Specifically West 4th-9th street? Need to see flooding