Sussex begins digging out from the bomb

Bitter cold, high winds continue
January 5, 2018

The nor'easter that dropped nearly a foot of snow passed through yesterday, which means today is a day for cleaning up.

Don't go outside unless you have to, though. A State of Emergency continues in Sussex County, meaning the roads should be kept clear for emergency personnel. The National Weather service has issued a wind chill advisory until 6 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 6. The NWS is calling for a high of 19 degrees today, with wind chills as low as 15 below zero. There could be wind gusts as high as 45 mph. State offices in Sussex remain closed.

As of 11:30 a.m., Gov. John Carney's office said Sussex County was still in a State of Emergency, but driving restrictions will be lifted at noon Friday.

The Level 2 Driving Restrictions, which end at noon Friday, means that no person may operate a motor vehicle on Delaware roadways, except for persons designated as "essential personnel." Under Delaware law, the term "essential personnel" means employees or personnel who are necessary to maintain the core functions of government and to maintain the health and safety of the people of Delaware. The following persons are specifically designated as "essential personnel" under Delaware law – operators of snow removal equipment (public and private); persons providing public utility services; persons providing healthcare services; and persons providing food and fuel deliveries.

The Delaware Electric Cooperative and Delmarva Power are reporting no power outages in Sussex County at this time.

Mail delivery spotty and best today

Due to winter weather conditions including ice and high winds and snow drifting in parts Jan. 5, there will be a possibility of late and non-deliveries for some Postal Service residential and business customers. Delivery is being attempted in all locations and every attempt will be made to deliver where there is access to receptacles.

Normal Retail Operations have resumed throughout most of the area. (There are some impacts to a handful of retail locations)

DelDOT Celebrates 100 Years program postponed

Due to Secretary Jennifer Cohan's responsibilities at DelDOT during the recent inclement weather, The Delaware Department of Transportation Celebrates 100 Years program scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 6, has been postponed. The presentation will be rescheduled for a later date.

On Saturday Jan 6, The First State Heritage Park Welcome Center and Galleries are open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and the Research Room of the Delaware Public Archives will be open from 1 to 4 p.m.

RAL Juried Photo Exhibition reception rescheduled

Due to the inclement weather, the reception for the Third Annual RAL Juried Photography Exhibition will be rescheduled from tonight, Jan. 5, to the afternoon of Saturday, Jan. 20, from 1 to 4 p.m., not only to celebrate the work of the exhibiting artists, but to exchange creative ideas during a portfolio review for members of the Coastal Camera Club and the Brandywine Photo Collective.

To kick-off the gallery reception Jan. 20, they will hold a Gallery Talk: with the Judge at 1 p.m., when juror and judge Ron Brignac, area coordinator of photography at the Delaware College of Art and Design, will provide feedback to artists and a walk-through of the jury process.

In the meantime, the exhibition will be open to the public during normal hours, with the exception of today, Jan. 5, as they are closed due to the snow.

Rehoboth offices to close

The Rehoboth Beach administrative offices will be closed Jan.5.

City spokeswoman Krys Johnson said the closing is due to the continued effects of the storm and the Level 2 driving restriction. Only essential employees will have to report for work.

City Manager Sharon Lynn said Carney has authorized the Delaware National Guard to assist state and local crews in the response and recovery from the storm. She said the Streets Department has been working around the clock to clear the roads, but some secondary roads have been drifted over and are impassable. Lynn said residents are advised to stay off the roads to allow city crews to operate snowplows.

For more information, contact the Communications Department at 227-6181 ext. 522 or at

Dewey Town Hall closed

The administrative offices of Dewey Beach Town Hall, 105 Rodney Ave., will be closed Jan. 5.

Lewes City Hall, BPW closed

The offices at Lewes City Hall and the Lewes Board of Public Works are closed Jan. 5.

"Our crews have been out since shortly after midnight [Jan. 4] and have been working hard to keep roads clear," said City Manager Ann Marie Townshend. "The windy conditions have caused them to focus the bulk of their attention on the main roads, particularly those used to access Beebe Hospital. Crews [have been] working through the night, but the wind and frigid temperatures have been making it very difficult to keep the roads clear. Please be patient. We will make sure that all roads are cleared."

Winds keep ferry vessels at dock slips

Due to continued strong northwesterly winds and ice conditions in the bay - particularly at the mouth of the Cape May canal, Cape May-Lewes Ferry operations are canceled for tomorrow, Saturday Jan. 6.

Given the current conditions and anticipated frigid temperatures over the next few days, additional departures may also be affected. Travelers who plan to use the Cape May-Lewes Ferry on Sunday, Jan. 7, are urged to call the Cape May-Lewes Ferry Guest Services Center at 800 64 FERRY (800-643-3779), visit the ferry's website at for the latest departure information.