Tuesday, July 13, 2004

This is my picture, taken at Wyoming Park this morning. I also took the same picture with my camera phone and sent it to my Moblog and sat out in the park and typed this into the phone, "This is the poor old fishing lure tree that fell over in last night in the storm. You know, Charlie Brown had his kite tree, well, people always fished under this tree and lost their lures and bobbers on the branches. It was always decorated. I will miss it being there."

Newszap.com Published: July 13, 2004
Heavy rains flood roads
By Cathianne Werner-Porterfield, Delaware State News

This photo, taken at 5:15 p.m. Monday, shows at least 2 feet of water in back yards of houses along Fairfield and Laredo drives in Smyrna.Delaware State News/Doug Curran

DOWNSTATE - A slow-moving line of storms dumped nearly a foot of rain in some parts of Downstate Monday afternoon and evening, flooding roads and yards and shutting two of the state's busiest highways.

Travelers were stranded, intersections from Smyrna to Dover were flooded and some Smyrna neighborhoods had to be evacuated by boat.

Kent County Levy Court President David Burris declared a state of emergency from Cheswold north to ensure National Guard resources would be available should they be needed, said Kent County Public Safety Director Colin Faulkner.

According to the National Weather Service, rainfall reports from around the Smyrna and Leipsic areas were ranging between two to five inches by 6:30 p.m.

However, the National Weather Service's radar was indicating totals of six to eight inches with estimates of three to four inches falling per hour, said meteorologist Al Cope.


A tornado warning was issued for Kent County about 5 p.m., but Mr. Cope said there was never any confirmation.

"There was no confirmation of any tornadoes or even wind damage," he said. "We saw a report of a possible funnel cloud from Dover Air Force Base and the radar was indicating that the thunderstorms over northern Kent County could possibly be producing tornadoes, but we never got any confirmation of that."

He said rain was falling at a rate of 3-4 inches per hour with no indication that it was going to let up until this morning.

"It just keeps coming," Mr. Cope said. "There's more stuff coming out of Maryland. The storms are lining up. We call it 'training' because they keep lining up like cars on a freight train and there are several of them."


I was late to work because of all this. I just had to stop and soak it all in, pardon the pun.

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