Georgetown is expected to experience minor flooding this morning as heavy rain and wind from Hurricane Sandy pound the region.
Georgetown Public Works Director Bill Bradley said town crews are currently checking catch basins and removing blockages, but roadside ditches are already full of rainwater.
“I’m afraid flooding is inevitable,” he said. “It’s going to come.”
Bradley said the areas of town most likely to experience flooding first include Edward and Franklin streets, Adams and South Front streets and Race Street to Kimmey Street.
No power outages had been reported in the Georgetown area as of 8:30 a.m.
Hurricane Sandy strengthened overnight and is now expected to produce winds of up to 85 miles an hour, despite being about 250 miles offshore.
All state, county and town offices, including schools, are closed today.
Gov. Jack Markell issued a "Level Two" State of Emergency yesterday, barring non-essential emergency workers from Delaware's roadways beginning at 5 a.m. Monday.
According to state law, a "Level Two Driving Restriction" means "that no person shall operate a motor vehicle on Delaware roadways other than essential personnel."
Essential personnel includes those employees necessary to maintain the core functions of government and maintain health and safety by providing utility services, healthcare services, and food and fuel deliveries.
A violation of Level Two driving restriction has 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.