Mayor Williams Issues a Limited State of Emergency with Level 1 Driving
Posted on 02/13/2014 6:21 am
Director of Media and Community Relations
Mayor Williams Issues A Limited State of Emergency
with Level 1 Driving Warning for the City of Wilmington
Driving Discouraged and Extra Caution Encouraged
Type: Limited State of Emergency with Level 1 Driving Warning
(Wilmington) - With a severe winter storm generating significant snowfall in parts of Delaware, Mayor Dennis P. Williams has issued a Limited State of Emergency with"Level 1" Driving Warning for the City of Wilmington effective 6 a.m. today.
According to state law, a "Level 1 Driving Warning" means that any person operating a motor vehicle when a Level 1 Driving Warning has been activated shall exercise extra caution in the operation of their motor vehicle. Nonessential employees, regardless of whether employed by a public or private entity, are encouraged not to operate a motor vehicle on the State's roadways when a Level 1 Driving Warning has been activated, unless there is a significant safety, health or business reason to do so.
City of Wilmington offices are closed during regular business hours 9 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Non-essential employees are not to report to work for this period. Essential employees are to report as scheduled. We are continually monitoring the road conditions.
City of Wilmington Public Works, Police, and Fire Department employees have been working steadily to clear roadways enough for safe passage. Despite pre-treating road surfaces and overnight plowing and salting, the windy conditions and low temperatures have necessitated multiple treatments to keep primary roads passable.
PROCLAMATION OF A STATE OF EMERGENCY
FOR THE CITY OF WILMINGTON
WHEREAS, heavy snowfall and gusting winds have resulted in dangerous driving conditions and circumstances that threaten life, safety and health; and
WHEREAS, the predicted weather conditions and worsening storm will likely continue to create dangerous conditions and may require additional and further responses from City workers; and
WHEREAS, in anticipation of the then-approaching winter storm and its anticipated devastating effects and to protect the workers and citizens of the City of Wilmington, the Mayor has already declared non-essential operations of the City of Wilmington closed on February 13, 2014;
NOW, THEREFORE, IT IS HEREBY PROCLAIMED by the Mayor of the City of Wilmington pursuant to the emergency provisions of Chapter 7 of the Wilmington City Code that a State of Emergency exists in the City of Wilmington by virtue of the winter storm emergency and the hazardous conditions of the roadways. As such, any person operating a motor vehicle shall exercise extra caution in the operation of their motor vehicle. Nonessential employees, regardless of whether employed by a public or private entity, are encouraged not to operate a motor vehicle on the City's roadways unless there is a significant safety, health or business reason to do so. The State of Emergency shall be effective as of 6:00 a.m. on February 13, 2014, and shall continue until such time as the State of
Emergency has been terminated by means of a subsequent Proclamation.
APPROVED this 13th day of February, 2014 at 6:00 a.m.
Dennis P. Williams
Mayor of the City of Wilmington
Approved as to form this
13th day of February, 2014.
/s/ Michael P. Migliore
Filed with the City Clerk of the City of Wilmington by leaving an original copy at the Office of the City Clerk.