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Middletown Transcript
  • M.O.T. bears through another round of snow

  • The Middletown-Odessa-Townsend area has already picked up 2 to 4 inches of accumulation, and with only a few more hours left to go, it looks like we might have been spared the worst of what was forecast yesterday.
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  • The Middletown-Odessa-Townsend area has already picked up 2 to 4 inches of accumulation, and with only a few more hours left to go, it looks like we might have been spared the worst of what was forecast yesterday.
    Those predictions called for between 8 and 10 inches.
    But less accumulation than expected doesn't mean it's completely safe out there, according to police.
    Delaware State Police report responding to 32 vehicle crashes, including four with minor injuries, and 35 disabled vehicles between 2 a.m. and 8 a.m. this morning.
    The majority of those roadway incidents involved single vehicles losing control and spinning out or traveling off of the roadway due to motorists not being able to navigate the difficult conditions.
    DelDOT says Delaware’s roads rapidly became covered in snow and ice this morning
    Due to the efforts of more than 400 hundred DelDOT employees, who have been working since midnight, primary roads, such as Interstate 95, and Del. Route 1, remain passable, although they are quickly covered in a thin layer of snow and ice as soon plows pass by.
    If the snow stops this afternoon, DelDOT crews could begin plowing the secondary roads later tonight, but for now, the focus remains on salting and plowing the primary roads.
    Residents are urged to stay off the roads for the remainder of the day, if possible. Not only will less traffic be safer for motorists,  but it also allows for DelDOT to more efficiently and safely clear the roads.
    Middletown has closed all town offices today, and postponed the scheduled town council election to March 24, while Townsend has postponed all trash and recycling collection until Tuesday.
    All M.O.T. area schools are closed today, as are state and county offices.
    A State of Emergency and a Level 1 driving warning remain in effect as snow continues to fall across Delaware, Gov. Jack Markell said today.
    “We continue to urge people to be cautions on the roads and to not get on them if you don’t have to,” Markell said. “Since the wee hours DelDOT crews have been out salting and plowing. They are now out and will be through duration and beyond. So far they’ve had to focus on primary roads. It’s not until they finish those that they can get to secondary and minor roads.”
    Prior to today’s storm the state had spent $13 million on snow removal, much more than what had been budgeted, Markell said.
    “Obviously we want spring to come as quickly as possible so people can go back about their normal lives, as far as school days and the like,” Markell said.
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