I-495 Closure Update




Friday thunderstorms flood roads, knock out power
By Amy Cherry & Sean Greene

Updated Saturday, June 29, 2013 - 12:54pm

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VIDEO: Lauren LiBetti finds flooding on Kirkwood Highway near Red Mill Road (Photo: Flooding on Main Street in Newark/Courtesy: Newark Police Department)

Just a handful of Delmarva Power customers are still without service after Friday's powerful storm.

As of 1 p.m., the utility was reporting less than 50 outages scattered throughout northern New Castle County.

At the height of the storm, there were as many as 2,600 Delmarva Power Customers in New Castle County in the dark.

The storm dumped heavy rain on the county, which caused flooding in several areas.

DelDOT's automated weather station reported Hockessin received more than four inches of rain within 24 hours.

Several roadways became virtual rivers during the storm, including stretches of Kirkwood Highway/Capitol Trail near Green Valley and again just west of Red Mill Road. Also Main Street in Newark had several inches of water on it near Haines Avenue for a time.

DelDOT reported portions of Paper Mill Road and Brackenville Road also had to be closed due to high water or downed trees.

The monitoring station at Coochs Bridge on the Christina River was a 12 feet early this morning - two feet above flood stage.

The White Clay Creek near Newark was also two feet above flood stage last night.

The weekend forecast is still calling for the possibility of more thunderstorms.



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