Rep. Valerie Longhurst's December Update


Dear Neighbor,

I hope everyone had a pleasant Thanksgiving. There are a number of events going on in our community this holiday season, including the Delaware City Holiday Parade , the Reedy Point Players performance of “The Best Christmas Pagent Ever," and the Tuba Christmas concert presented by the St. Georges Historical Society. Check out these two calendars for more events: 

I have also included a number of important updates below. Happy Holidays!


Valerie Longhurst


Dragon Run Flood Mitigation Update

Residents of Delaware City continue to ask about the progress of the Dragon Run Flood Mitigation project. I have requested that DNREC provide an update at the next City Council meeting. I encourage you to attend this meeting to find out more about the project designed to help alleviate some of the major flooding problems in Delaware City.

What: Flood Mitigation Project Update at the Delaware City Council Meeting

When: Monday, December 16, 6:30 p.m.

Where: Community Center, 250 Fifth Street, Delaware City

Cordelia’s Bakery Opens

Cordelia's Bakery Café at 88 Clinton Street, Delaware City, celebrated its grand opening November 30. Cordelia's is currently open seven days a week from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. and serves breakfast items and lunch. The days and hours of operation are in flux as the owners adjust to the needs and desires of the community.

Cordelia's will serve cruisers, residents and visitors who long sought a breakfast shop or fresh baked bread. The bakery's breads, pies and pastries are created from scratch. The bakery's black and white logo places the high school photo of Dee Bennett, the city's longtime mayor and Cordelia's namesake, in its center. 


Cordelia's owners John Buchheit (left) and Dale Slotter.

Norfolk Southern update

Trains continue to flow through the 15th District to and from the PBF refinery. In October, Norfolk Southern hosted five training sessions to better prepare first responders for accidents. Participants learned more about responding to a railroad-related hazardous material incident, rail shipping papers, rail equipment, general service and pressure tank cars. In total, 88 people attended these trainings from first responders to DNREC staff.

If you have any concerns, issues or complaints regarding the trains or the refinery, please contact my office so we can follow-up with Norfolk Southern or PBF, and so we can keep a record of community concerns.

Below are some additional resources.

  • Federal Railroad Association Office of Safety Analysis- This website contains all railroad safety reports, so you can see how many accidents and incidents there have been and view accident trends by state.
  • Norfolk Southern Police Control Center- Call 800-453-2530 for any and all railroad emergencies--trespassers, ATVs, suspicious activity and railroad safety concerns.