REISTERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — Maryland emergency management officials are urging residents to use caution as heavy rains approach the state bringing the potential for flooding. 

The Maryland Emergency Management Agency says heavy rains are expected Thursday and motorists should check news, weather and traffic reports before traveling. Washington’s department of public works, meanwhile, says it is giving out free sandbags in preparation for predicted rain. 

Maryland Natural Resources Police say boating and other recreational uses of the Upper Potomac River and its creeks and streams should be avoided. Natural Resources Police say the advisory is in effect until Friday. 

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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