Record-setting rainfall leads to flooding, road closures in northern Delaware


Brandon Holveck - Delaware Online

Record-setting rainfall in northern Delaware has caused flooding and crashes on many major roads Saturday morning.

Wilmington broke its daily precipitation record with nearly two and a half inches of rainfall as of 10:45 a.m., according to the National Weather Service. The previous record of 1.97 inches was set in 1978.

The heaviest rainfall is expected to end by about 1 p.m., but roads will still be slick throughout the evening.

A portion of Stanton Christiana Road is closed after a truck with a trailer got stuck in a railroad underpass in Stanton. Flood water filled a significant portion of the underpass, up to the hood of the truck. Yellow caution tape blocks off the underpass.

Emergency crews responded to crashes on I-95, I-295 and I-495 Saturday morning. A crash on I-495 briefly closed the left south lane near Edgemoor. 

The National Weather Service has also warned of flooding at Coochs Bridge. The flood stage has reached 11 feet as of 11:15 a.m. and is expected to near 12.3 feet this afternoon.

At 12.5 feet the National Weather Service says some businesses could flood and flooding would increase further in Newark near South College Avenue and Barksdale and Casho Mill Roads. The water level at the bridge hasn't reached this high of a crest since 2004, according to the National Weather Service.

The state's department of transportation is also reporting extreme road conditions on Marsh, Stony Batter, Millcreek, West Chestnut Hill and Otts Chapel Roads, among others.

Contact Brandon Holveck at or at (302) 324-2267. Follow on Twitter @holveck_brandon

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