Delaware Public Media

Driving restriction, State of Emergency lifted as Sussex Co. continues to dig out

Jan 5, 2018

Progress is being made to dig Sussex County out after Thursday’s winter storm.

Roads have been cleared enough that Gov. John Carney ended the Level 2 Driving Restriction for the county at noon.

Carney put the restriction – which limits driving to people designated “essential personnel” - in place at 2 pm Thursday as DelDOT worked to plow roads after up to 11 inches fell in some places downstate. DelDOT brought in additional plows from northern Delaware, and contractual plow operators to help clear the roads.

“Thank you to everyone at the Delaware Department of Transportation, the Delaware National Guard, and all local and state authorities for their work responding to this storm," said Carney in a statement. "I also want to thank Delawareans across Sussex County for their patience as we worked to clear the roadways.”

The State of Emergency in Sussex County was lifted at 6 p.m. Friday.

State officials are still asking Sussex County residents to use extra caution if they do drive. DelDOT says snow is still drifting onto roadways and the extremely cold temperatures can lead to icy conditions statewide.

State offices in Sussex County are closed until 4:30 this afternoon and Sussex County government offices are completely closed along with schools there.