Carney declares state of emergency to coordinate tropical storm response, recovery

August 4, 2020

Tropical Storm Isaias passed through the Cape Region with heavy rains and very strong winds Aug. 4. The storm caused power outages and numerous trees are down throughout the area. A number of tornado warnings were issued through the early morning hours.

Gov. John Carney issued a state of emergency to coordinate response and recovery efforts following the high winds, heavy rainfall, tornadoes and flooding. The state of emergency became effective as of 3 p.m., Aug. 4, until further notice.

“Several communities in Delaware experienced significant damage from Tropical Storm Isaias,” said Carney. “We are declaring a state of emergency to provide coordinated assistance for response and recovery efforts from this storm damage. Severe weather can happen quickly. I urge all Delawareans to stay safe, and prepare for any future weather events by visiting”

The state of emergency allows the Delaware Emergency Management Agency to direct and coordinate the resources to assist with response in the areas affected by the storm. The state of emergency also directs the Delaware Department of Transportation and the Delaware State Police, in consultation with DEMA and the secretary of the Department of Safety and Homeland Security, to close bridges and roads as necessary to protect the health and safety of Delawareans and travelers.


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