Delmarvans Dig Out from the Snow Storm

Jan 25, 2016

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There was lots of snow this weekend with the highest amount winding up in Kent County Delaware at 16 inches.

In the southern portion of the state around 4 inches.

In Cambridge, the snow registered 13 inches.

Here in Salisbury it was 4.8 inches deep. Residents told Delmarva Public Radio’s Nathaniel Williamson they were relieved at it wasn’t more.

On Wallops Island the snow was around 5.2 inches.

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Gov. Jack Markell has lifted Delaware's state of emergency and driving warning.

State offices will open at 10 a.m. Monday. Officials say the two-hour delay will keep more people off the roads during morning rush as cleanup efforts continue.

State transportation officials say primary roads are clear and secondary roads are passable, with a minor amount of snow or ice. They say many subdivision streets have yet to be plowed, but they expect that that work to start Monday.

DART plans to operate regular service with some exceptions.

Winds also whipped up to 75 mph at Dewey Beach.

Meanwhile, it was tricky on the roads during the storm with Delaware state police responding to 178 crashes – 22 of them with injuries.

The Wilmington News Journal also reports that 354 vehicles had to be rescued.

In southern Delaware around 50 people were evacuated from the flood-prone Oak Orchard area on Saturday.

Other parts of low-lying areas that are prone to flooding were also under water on Sunday.

Power Outages

Delmarva Power reports that some 48 thousand customers did lose power at some during the storm.

But the company said it never implemented plans to cut power to hundreds of thousands of customers in Ocean City on Saturday night.

By Sunday Delaware Governor Jack Markell organized a helicopter ride to inspect the coastal damage.

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Delaware Beaches were hit with storm surge that washed away dunes from Lewes to Fenwick Island.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the dunes at the north end of the Boardwalk in Rehoboth Beach disappeared.

In addition, the south end of Bethany and South Bethany Beach were also washed away.

In Ocean City Mayor Richard Meehan said that part of the resort’s fishing pier had disappeared.

A Capital Hill Police officer died of a heart attack while shoveling snow on Saturday.


ABINGDON, Md. (AP) - The Harford County executive says a man died while shoveling snow in Abingdon, Maryland.

County Executive Barry Glassman said Sunday that a 49-year-old man suffered cardiac arrest while shoveling snow and died Saturday.

Glassman says two other people suffered fatal cardiac arrests in the county, but it was not known if they were related to the storm.

Officials in Prince George's County said a man collapsed and died Saturday while shoveling snow in Fort Washington.

Authorities in Carroll County are investigating after they say a Hampstead woman's body was found in the snow.

The Carroll County Sheriff's Office says the body was discovered early Sunday morning. Authorities say deputies were called to scene, where they found an adult woman lying in the snow-covered road. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Sheriff's office spokesman Cpl. Jonathan Light says the woman's identity is being withheld until her family is notified.

Light says the body has been taken to the medical examiner's office in Baltimore for an autopsy. The cause of death has not been determined.

As of Sunday evening, no additional details had been released.