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  • M.O.T. lucks out with Sandy

  • The M.O.T. area, like the rest of the region, experienced flooding, downed trees and branches, and power outages -- but compared to other towns, Middletown police said that the town lucked out with the storm.
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  • Compared with the rest of the region, Middletown residents lucked out when Hurricane Sandy swept through the state earlier this week.
    Middletown Police Chief Henry Tobin said Tuesday that the town had no significant events related to the storm and that he was unaware of any road closures within town limits.
    "It appears we were very lucky considering what other areas experienced," he said.
    Residents who were required to evacuate in Delaware City Sunday were able to return to their homes by Tuesday, said Delaware City firefighter Xavir White.
    Volunteers with the Port Penn Fire Company said that they had to evacuate 12 people from the Augustine Beach area Monday night.
    "It went very well for what they were predicting," said Deputy Chief John Newman.
    Newman said that the only major flooding the waterside towns experienced was just south of Port Penn, where the Delaware River came over the rocks, causing between two and three feet of flooding.
    The M.O.T. area, like the rest of the region, experienced flooding, downed trees and branches, and power outages.
    Before Hurricane Sandy downgraded from its hurricane status and made landfall Monday night, Tobin said that several roads in town were on the verge of becoming impassable.
    On Sunday, rescue personnel had to pull a motorist from a car after they ignored flooding sings and drove into two-feet of water in Odessa.
    The Odessa Fire Company's swift water rescue was called to Old Corbit Road and Old State Road to remove a person from a vehicle after they drove around posted high water signs and through two feet of water on Old State Road, said Assistant Chief Ken Getty.
    Delaware State Police, the Port Penn Fire Company Marine Rescue and the Townsend Fire Company assisted in the rescue and no injuries were reported.
    Some area roads remained flooded into Tuesday due to high water, including Route 299 at Old State Road, Route 299 at Old Corbit Road and Route 9 in Port Penn and north of Odessa.
    A few drivers were able to make it through the high waters, but others turned around and found alternative routes.
    Level two driving restrictions were put into place late Sunday – meaning that only emergency personnel were allowed to be on the roads. The restrictions were lifted early Tuesday.
    Delaware was also put under a State of Emergency as what was dubbed the "Frankenstorm" made its way into the Delaware Bay region, ultimately making landfall Monday night in southern New Jersey.
    Appoquinimink schools were closed Monday and Tuesday and Middletown High School was used as a Red Cross shelter throughout the storm.
    Page 2 of 2 - The Middletown shelter closed up at 11:45 a.m. Tuesday, said DEMA spokesman Gary Laing.
    At midnight, there were 26 people at the Middletown shelter.
    More than 800 other residents occupied the state's six other shelters.
    Town of Middletown offices remained closed Monday and Tuesday, as did New Castle County and State of Delaware offices.
    Only essential employees were required to report to work.
    Residents using social media during the storm reported power outages in Mt. Pleasant, Odessa National, Brennan Estates, and Spring Creek in Townsend.
    Other areas also experienced outages and flickers.
    Some commented on Facebook that all remained good in Millbranch, Lakeside, and Cricklewood, all in Middletown.

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