DE flooded before Isabel

Almost 200 homes were flooded in suburban Wilmington, Del., on Monday after a burst of rain that served as a prelude to Hurricane Isabel.

BY TRAVIS DUNN | BALTIMORE | September 17, 2003


Almost 200 homes were flooded in suburban Wilmington, Del., on Monday after a burst of rain that served as a prelude to Hurricane Isabel.

According to a Wednesday report in the Delaware News-Journal, 195 homes were damaged in the community of Glenville, and 149 of these homes were declared "uninhabitable" by New Castle County building inspectors.

Less than a dozen of these people spent Monday and Tuesday night at an American Red Cross shelter at the Brandywine Elementary School, said Red Cross spokeswoman Jeannine Herrmann. The shelter, she said, would likely remain open through the weekend.

"This is the second time they have suffered this kind of damage," Herrmann said. The first time occurred in 1999 during Hurricane Floyd, when Glenville incurred "tremendous" damage.

The Salvation Army was deliberating whether to send in food and cleaning kits, according to Major Philip DeMichael, or whether to wait and see if Isabel caused the neighborhood to flood again.

Although no agency, including The Salvation Army, had yet finished a damage assessment of Glenville, DeMichael had no doubt about the extent of the damage.

"It's worse than we thought," he said.

Meanwhile, Salvation Army volunteers were packing meals for senior citizens, and making preparations to use Dover, Del., as the base of operations for the state.

"The ground is completely saturated all over the state," said Andrea Summer, a spokeswoman for the Delaware Emergency Management Agency. "So there's nowhere for the rain to go. It's going interesting come the next two days."


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