State of emergency, driving restriction issued for Sussex County

SUSSEX COUNTY – With roadway conditions continuing to deteriorate, Delaware Gov. John Carney today issued a State of Emergency for Sussex County and Level 2 Driving Restriction.

The State of Emergency for Sussex County took effect at 2 p.m., and the Level 2 Driving Restriction took effect at 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 4.

Gov. John Carney on Thursday declared a state of emergency and Level 2 driving restriction for Sussex County.

Gov. Carney also authorized the Delaware National Guard to assist state and local officials with any necessary response and recovery for this severe winter storm.

The Level 2 Driving Restriction means that no person may operate a motor vehicle on Delaware roadways, except for persons designated as “essential personnel.”

Level 2 – Driving Restriction Definition:

Travel on the roads is restricted to emergency workers, public utilities, healthcare providers including hospital staff, public and private operators of snow removal equipment, private sector food and fuel deliveries, and those industries, companies, or organizations that have been provided a waiver, including businesses with pressing continuity and operational issues.

Road Conditions Update:

In Sussex County, DelDOT is advising residents that this will be a prolonged clean-up event due to the high winds, drifting snow, and extremely cold temperatures. DelDOT will continue to focus its efforts on plowing primary roads.

While Kent and New Castle Counties have seen lesser snow accumulations, high winds and drifting snow are still a hazard and motorists should be cautious of icy conditions due to the below freezing temperatures. DelDOT snow plows remain active in plowing and treating primary roadways.

DelDOT will continue to provide regular updates throughout the duration of the storm event. Information is available on DelDOT’s website:

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