STATE OF DELAWARE
STATE OF EMERGENCY
WHEREAS, the accidental damage to the Chesapeake and Delaware Railroad Bridge has denied the use of this vital transportation link for an extended period of time; and
WHEREAS, this curtailment of rail transportation service to that portion of Delaware below the canal has dealt a crippling blow to the economy of that portion of the State; and
WHEREAS, the health and welfare of the citizens of the area is in serious jeopardy as a result of these circumstances.
NOW THEREFORE, I, SHERMAN W. TRIBBITT, by the authority vested in me as Governor of the State of Delaware under Chapter 31, Title 20, Delaware Code Annotated, as amended, do hereby declare and order as follows:
1. Effective this date and until terminated by notice from this office a "STATE OF EMERGENCY" is proclaimed for that section of the state below the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal to include the lower portion of New Castle County, and all of Kent and Sussex Counties.
2. All the capabilities of this government with the assistance and appropriate representation of business, industry and others of the private sector will be mobilized to determine and apply such measures as are necessary to prevent further damage to the economy of the area, and further, to effect the earliest possible restoration of full rail transportation service.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I, SHERMAN W. TRIBBITT, Governor of the State of Delaware, have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the said State to be hereunto affixed at Dover this 15th day of February,
(GREAT SEAL) in the year of our Lord, one thousand nine hundred and seventy-three, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the one hundred and ninety-seventh.
SHERMAN W. TRIBBITT, Governor
Attest: ROBERT H. REED, Secretary of State