Delaware News

Friday, June 14, 2019

Storm roars through New Castle, northeastern Kent counties; prompts flash flood warning

A storm roared through New Castle and northeastern Kent counties Thursday, prompting a flash flood warning from the National Weather Service. Rainfall amounts of up to one inch were said to be possible, according to NWS. Effects of the storm could already be seen near New Castle on East Roosevelt Avenue in Penn Acres by about 8:10 p.m. The storm had ripped a hole in the front of one home's facade, knocking out two of its four columns and taking off pieces of siding and shingles. Tree limbs were scattered on the front lawn. Across the street from the home, a tree had fallen on the street, as neighbors left their homes to survey the damage. In Middletown, at the intersection of Boyds Corner Road and Cedar Lane a tractor-trailer overturned, DelDOT reports. The tractor-trailer was still blocking part of the intersection after storms passed the area around 8:30 p.m.
Delaware Online

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Aetna hosts hands-on firefighting demonstration for city council

When Aetna Hose, Hook and Ladder Company fire engines arrived outside of the historic Green Mansion on Main Street for a search-and-rescue operation last week, it was members of city council donning the gear. “Coming from a military background, you think you understand what the firefighter goes through. I can tell you I have a much greater respect for what the firefighters do,” Mayor Jerry Clifton said. “You put on 80 pounds of equipment, enter a building with a hose, and it’s not as easy as it looks.” The search-and-rescue simulation was part of a larger demonstration that allowed Clifton along with council members Jen Wallace, Stu Markham, James Horning Jr. and Jason Lawhorn to learn first-hand what it takes when the volunteers respond to a call. The evening started with an overview of the department and its operations. After the presentation, the attendees used hydraulic rescue tools to simulate a vehicle extraction. Aetna ramped up the demonstration by having the officials wear full gear and a self-contained breathing apparatus to breach the Green Mansion with a charged hose line, simulating a search for trapped victims.
Newark Post

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