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Toms Dam Branch
Other name(s) Tributary to Gum Branch
Country United States
State Delaware
County Sussex
Physical characteristics
Main source Kent-Sussex Line Branch divide
about 0.5 miles south of Staytonville, Delaware
55 ft (17 m)
River mouth Gum Branch
about 2 miles east-northeast of Bridgeville, Delaware
23 ft (7.0 m)
Length 8.87 mi (14.27 km)
  • Average rate:
    13.36 cu ft/s (0.378 m3/s) at mouth with Gum Branch
Basin features
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River system Nanticoke River
Basin size 10.74 square miles (27.8 km2)
Bridges Staytonville Road, Bender Farm Road, Utica Road, Beach Highway, Tuckers Road, Sharps Mill Road

Toms Dam Branch is a 8.87 mi (14.27 km) long 2nd tributary to Gum Branch in Sussex County, Delaware. This is the only stream of this name in the United States.

Variant names

According to the Geographic Names Information System, it has also been known historically as:

  • Saint Johnstown Ditch


Toms Dam Branch rises about 0.5 miles south of Staytonville, Delaware and then flows south to join Gum Branch about 2 miles east-northeast of Bridgeville.


Toms Dam Branch drains 10.74 square miles (27.8 km2) of area, receives about 45.7 in/year of precipitation, has a topographic wetness index of 742.48 and is about 10% forested.

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