Wilmington Still Bracing for Worst of Hurricane Sandy; Mayor Baker Announces City Government Offices Closed on Tuesday, October 30
Posted on 10/29/2012 5:51 pm
Hurricane Sandy has gathered speed and is nearing landfall along the Southern New Jersey Coast between Cape May and Atlantic City. The storm system is still very powerful and will carry sustained winds of 40-50 mph and gusts up to 75 mph. Although flooding has been limited thus far, Wilmington is expected to receive another four inches of rain or more in just the next few hours, which can still cause very high water conditions in vulnerable areas—particularly the evacuated southeastern portion of the City.
Parks and Recreation officials report several large trees and branches down in the City of Wilmington—two of which have damaged vehicles. With winds expected to strengthen, the likelihood of additional trees falling will only increase.
Mayor Baker reminds Wilmington residents to observe the statewide travel ban and remain indoors during this dangerous storm event. “Conditions are quickly deteriorating, and under no circumstances should people leave their homes,” said Mayor Baker. “Residents should remain on the lower floors of their homes in the event of falling trees.”
Mayor Baker reminds residents that violating the travel ban can result in a penalty of a fine of up to $115 on first offense, and a fine of up to $200 and up to 30 days in jail for subsequent offenses.
City of Wilmington government offices will be closed tomorrow, Tuesday, October 30, due to the storm. Non-essential employees should stay home with their families; all essential employees should report on time.
Mayor Baker reminds residents that they should expect to be without electricity for several days (possibly a week or more). To report a power outage or other electrical emergency such as a downed wire, pole accident, or tree limb on a wire, please call 1-800-898-8042.
The best way to keep informed of the progress of the storm is through local television and radio stations. In addition, important City announcements will be posted on the City website (www.WilmingtonDE.gov) and WITN TV-22 on the Comcast network within the City of Wilmington.
Any emergencies should be reported to 911. Wilmington citizens with non-emergency issues may call the Emergency Operations Center at 302.576.2489.