Delaware scales back driving restriction

WILMINGTON, Del. - October 30, 2012

The driving restriction, previously a Level 2, is now a Level 1. That means driving is allowed, but it is not recommended.

Although motorists are permitted to return to the roads, drivers are advised that many highways and streets remain closed as a result of storm-related damage.

The high tide cycle that will move up the ocean coast and then the Delaware Bay and River between 8:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. today may cause additional flooding and closures.

Because of heavy flooding and other damage, the previously-designated Evacuation Areas are still in effect and should not be entered at this time.

A complete list of the Evacuation Areas statewide can be found on the DEMA website.

So far, no deaths have been reported in Delaware due to the storm.

Jill Fredel, a spokeswoman for the Delaware Emergency Management Agency, says about 45,600 people were without power as of early Tuesday.

Most of the outages were in northernmost New Castle County.

Fredel says winds had died down enough to allow Delmarva Power to resume repairs using bucket trucks in New Castle and Sussex counties.

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