Driving Discouraged and Extra Caution Encouraged
With a severe winter storm generating significant snowfall in parts of Delaware, Governor Jack Markell has issued a Limited State of Emergency and “Level 1 Driving Warning” for Kent and New Castle Counties, effective immediately. State offices in Kent and New Castle Counties are closed. State offices in Sussex County will open two hours late. See text below.
According to state law, a “Level 1 Driving Warning” means that any person operating a motor vehicle when a Level 1 Driving Warning has been activated shall exercise extra caution in the operation of their motor vehicle. Nonessential employees, regardless of whether employed by a public or private entity, are encouraged not to operate a motor vehicle on the State’s roadways when a Level 1 Driving Warning has been activated, unless there is a significant safety, health or business reason to do so.
“We strongly encourage drivers who do not need to travel to delay or refrain from being on the road,” said Governor Markell. “Conditions throughout Kent and New Castle County have deteriorated, and it is safer not to drive if you don’t have to. Hundreds of DelDOT crews are continuing to work on clearing roads and we will continue to evaluate conditions.”
DART has made service changes because of the weather, in its updated schedule.
DECLARATION OF A LIMITED STATE OF EMERGENCY
AND LEVEL I DRIVING WARNING FOR KENT AND NEW CASTLE COUNTIES
DUE TO A SEVERE WINTER STORM
WHEREAS, a severe winter storm is generating and will continue to generate significant amounts of snow and sleet throughout the State of Delaware, with significant accumulations of more than six inches in much of Kent County and New Castle County; and
WHEREAS, the severe winter storm has winds gusting up to 30 miles per hour, resulting in snow drifts and other road hazards that make driving dangerous and creating potentially life-threatening conditions; and
WHEREAS, on February 12, 2014, I authorized the Delaware National Guard to assist state and local officials with any necessary response and recovery activity for this severe winter storm; and
WHEREAS, the predicted weather conditions will likely continue to create dangerous and potentially life-threatening road conditions and may result in additional public safety responses;
NOW THEREFORE, I, JACK A. MARKELL, pursuant to Title 20, Chapter 31 of the Delaware Code, do hereby declare a State of Emergency in New Castle and Kent Counties. This State of Emergency is effective on February 13, 2014 at 5:00 a.m. E.S.T., and shall continue until terminated as provided under state law. The nature of the emergency is significant amounts of snow and sleet, and high winds. Along with such other actions authorized by Title 20, Chapter 31 of the Delaware Code, I specifically direct and authorize:
APPROVED this February 13, 2014 at 5:00 a.m. E.S.T.
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