All eight public school districts in Sussex County will be closed Monday, while half also will be closed Tuesday, as result of Hurricane Sandy.
Cape Henlopen, Indian River, Milford, and Sussex Technical School Districts have announced they will be closed Monday and Tuesday.
Emergency shelters opened today at Cape Henlopen High School in Lewes, Indian River High School in Dagsboro and Milford Middle School in Milford for Sussex County residents forced to leave their homes as a result of the mandatory evacuation order Gov. Jack Markell issued Saturday evening.
Delmar, Laurel, Seaford and Woodbridge School Districts have so far only announced school closings on Monday, although several have said those closings could be extended to Tuesday, depending on the severity of the storm.
Residents of coastal communities and areas in historically flood-prone areas have been told to stay with friends or family, while using the emergency shelters as last resort.
Anyone who plans to seek refuge at a state shelter should take adequate clothing, medications, sleeping material and food for themselves and their pets.
Shelters will be staffed by the American Red Cross of the Delmarva Peninsula.
Route 1 at the Indian River Bridge was closed this morning due to water on the roadway. Residents of Sussex ocean communities south of the Indian River Inlet cannot head north on Route 1. The alternate evacuation route for those affected by the closure is travel west on Del. Route 54/Del. Route 20 to U.S. 113 northbound, or on Del. Route 24 to U.S. 113 southbound. Drivers can also travel west on Del. Route 26 to U.S. 113 northbound. All recommended evacuation routes can be found at http://deldot.gov/information/projects/tmt/evac_map.shtml.
DelDOT suspended tolls on Route 1 as of noon on Sunday.
Emergency officials are notifying residents, especially those evacuation, that should a neighborhood or area suffer extensive damage during the storm, home and owners will likely need proof of ownership of a home, second home or business to return to the area after the storm passes.