Dune breach closes major evacuation route
By Associated Press

Updated Monday, October 29, 2012 - 1:49am

Delaware Route 1 is closed north of the Indian River Inlet bridge after ocean water breached sand dunes along the road.

Sussex County officials say the dune breach occurred around dawn Sunday morning. Officials say the highway will remain closed indefinitely as Hurricane Sandy closes in on Delaware.

The closure means people evacuating from towns including Bethany Beach, South Bethany and Fenwick Island will have to turn inland and take smaller roads - a significant detour.

A Sussex County Emergency Operations spokesman says the dune breach "surprised everybody" and hadn't been expected so early.

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