Town Administrator Chris Schlehr said half of the town's public works crew would be covering the day and the other half would cover the night.

"We expect tonight for them to be gainfully employed because of all the wind and anticipating all the damage," Schlehr said Monday morning.

He reported no problems to that point, "just a lot of water."

"Everything's wet and soggy, but nothing is flooding yet," Schlehr added.


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ShopRite closing stores early

Mike Blum, spokesman for Klein's ShopRite, received notice shortly before noon that all the company's stores would close at 2 p.m. Monday.

"ShopRite was very proactive," Blum said about preparing for customer demand. "ShopRite had had extra shipments of things people want. Arriving Saturday and Sunday were more water, ice, bread, milk, toilet paper and batteries."

This was the case were ShopRite stores up and down the East Coast, he said.

Perryville secure

The Town of Perryville's website has posted links to a hurricane preparedness plan, as well as how to report power outages to Delmarva.

Perryville Mayor Jim Eberhardt said everything was going smoothly Monday morning in preparing for the storm. The town government is closed except for essential personnel.

Public works crews have been put on 24 hours shifts, 12 hours each, Eberhardt said, beginning at midnight and the boat ramp had been pulled out.

"We got ready, made sure we had plenty of diesel fuel for generators and vehicles are equipped," Eberhardt said. "We coordinated with the fire company, parks [and recreation] and made sure all storm drains were clean."

Eberhardt noted that Cecil County's emergency shelter opened Sunday night at Rising Sun High School.

Trick-or-treating in the town has also been moved to Friday, he said, in anticipation there will be power outages and other lingering problems from the storm Wednesday.

"The biggest concern is there may not be electricity and kids would be walking around in the dark," Eberhardt said. "We don't know what Wednesday is going to be like."

Rising river concerns

Around 11a.m. Monday, the Perryville mayor reported wind picking up and the rain coming down steadily, but nothing too bad.

The town's biggest concern, however, is the effect the storm will have on the Susquehanna River in four or five days.

"We may have localized flood spots in areas," Eberhardt said. "That darn storm looks like it's going right up the basin right up to New York." The river won't crest until several days from now, he noted.