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Rising Rivers, Melting Snow Caused Floods In Frederick Co.

FREDERICK, Md. (WJZ)– Rising rivers and melting snow are all combining to cause floods up and down the eastern seaboard, and the worst may not be over for thousands of people who live in flood-prone areas.               

Alex DeMetrick is following the conditions in Frederick County.

More than 30 streams flooded in Frederick County after Thursday’s rain as well as the residue of winter.

“We did get several inches of snow here in our mountain areas on Sunday night/Monday morning, and we had the water melt from that,” said Donnie Crum, Frederick Co. Highways.

The Monocacy River left wide stretches of road underwater. It submerged some pasture and cropland. But warnings went out early enough to avoid rescues and property damage.

“As the water moves from the north to the south on the Monocacy River, water is still high on the lower part of Frederick County, so it’s a continuing risk today,” said Jack Markey, Frederick Co. Emergency Management.

Even though water levels are dropping, creeks and waterways will remain fast moving and dangerous for the next few days.

“Places where people may normally think, ‘Well, it’s sunny I’ll go down to the river.’ It may look attractive and may not look that swift, but the power of water is difficult to understand until unfortunately sometimes it’s too late,” Markey said.

“We’ve had few areas where we’ve had lost blacktop over top of the car structure, so please don’t drive through the standing order because the road may not be there,” Crum said.

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