Fay floods Delaware, sends rainwater river across DuPont Country Club

 

A river of rainwater ran across the DuPont Country Club golf course Friday afternoon as Tropical Storm Fay soaked Delaware in bands of intense and moderate showers.

“It was a solid day of heavy rain,” said Robert Wirth, CEO of the DuPont Country Club. “The golf course and the whole area needed it.”

Effects varied.

“We escaped the storm pretty easily,” said Mark Whitfield, interim city manager for Milford, noting that the Mispillion River, which is a fixture of the city, didn’t flood.

 

The National Weather Service posted a hazardous weather outlook for the area, with a flood warning and flash flood watch through Friday evening.

“We have seen some impressive rain totals!” the Delaware Department of Transportation wrote on Facebook on Friday afternoon. “Many weather-related crashes have been reported across the state.”

A Delaware Environmental Observing System map the accompanied DelDOT’s post showed rain everywhere, with the lowest total at that time of 1.27 inches near Hockessin and the highest at 5.48 inches near Rehoboth Beach. The highest totals were on the eastern sides of Kent and Sussex counties.

 

At Dover Air Force Base, the weather service measured more than 4¾ inches of rain on Friday through 6 p.m.

At Delaware Coastal Airport near Georgetown, the weather service measured more than 3½ inches of rain on Friday through 6 p.m., with a third of it falling between 8 and 9 a.m.

At New Castle County Airport near New Castle, the weather service measured more than 2¾ inches of rain on Friday through 6 p.m., with a third of it falling between 1 and 2 p.m.

 

Flooded roads can be reported to the Transportation Management Center of the Delaware Department of Transportation by calling #77, which is answered 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

As evening approached, the storm was heading north.

Delaware’s weather will probably still be wet on Saturday and Monday. But the weather service predicts Sunday to be sunny, with a high near 90.

 


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Ken Mammarella is a freelance writer who lives in Wilmington.