Flooding Forces Mandatory Evacuations In Port Deposit & Havre De Grace

HAVRE DE GRACE, Md. (WJZ)– Mandatory evacuations have been issued for both Port Deposit and Havre de Grace as water levels rise. The Conowingo Dam, opening more flood gates, is unleashing a torrent of water into towns downstream.

Mike Hellgren has more on the concerns along the Susquehanna.

The normal flow for the Susquehanna River is 10 feet. It is around 32.4 feet right now and  is expected to stay near that level into the night before receding. The record is 36.83 feet during Hurricane Agnes in 1972.

Forty-three gates are now open on the Conowingo Dam, and more are expected to open.  The Susquehanna River may peak earlier than expected—perhaps at 8 p.m. Friday.

The mayor of Havre de Grace says he just got off the phone with the National Weather Service and expects the river to peak Saturday morning.

Havre de Grace has mandatory evacuations in place for part of the city. They evacuated a nursing home Thursday. About 400 people had to go as the river started to overtake some streets.

Also, BGE has temporarily suspended gas to 200 customers and electric to 90 customers.  They say that’s because of safety reasons, and that number could rise.

Port Deposit has mandatory evacuations, too. Roads in and out of the town are closed off, and the mayor says they will not send rescue crews to help anyone because it’s simply too dangerous.

Sky Eye Chopper 13 flew over the Conowingo Dam, which right now has 43 of 52 floodgates open. Port Deposit is about seven miles below the Conowingo Dam.

We’re talking about more than 700,000 cubic feet of water per second flowing directly toward Port Deposit and Havre de Grace. Shelters have been set up at Perryville and Aberdeen High Schools.

Harford County officials have set up an emergency hotline for the loved ones of those evacuated from nursing homes. The number is 1-888-756-7836.

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  • Arthur Godfrey

    i wrote a book about the conowingo, its hazards, dangers and warnings. This book reflects an unfathomable catastrophic event, that could very well happen, destroying the entire upper chesapeake, should that damn fail or litterally break apart. I sent my writings of the book Conowingo to Steven Speilburg over a year ago, in which my quest would be for the people of the sesquahanna, the bay and its tributaries to be informed of a new way to harness power. My writings have still not been published, I’m told that my writings are in Speilburgs legal department. my prayers are for the people of the waters below the dam, the upper chespapeake and for the waters to recede so that my book doesnt come true.

  • Arthur Godfrey

    In My Unpublished book CONOWINGO; What happens in the book is happening minute by minute today. The people along the upper chesapeake had plan on moving away. The Nuclear Power plants above that dam have had almost 40 years since hurricane agnus, to pour tons and tons of poisons into the River basin, which the government allowed them to do. Now all that fatal waste is being poured over the damn and will infiltrate the watertables, and soil for miles and miles. Fact: peachbottom boat ramp, Read the sign board and look at the legal dumping that those plants are allowed to do. I’m telling you, The bay is in serious peril.

  • Squaregrouper

    Mr. Godfrey,
    With your incredible power to harness the English language with your pen, I cannot fathom why you have not yet been published.

    • Arthur Godfrey

      pretty rude i’d say. if you were sitting on the edge of your seat like i, then you would understand why publicists have proof readers. so now that you are done throwing jabs and stones, maybe you should look at the culprit and see what is actually happening. politics have hidden the truths of CONOWINGO, the dam is old, cracked and is in need of replacement. because of the nuclear pollution, and cost of removal of the rail cars of fatal poisonous debri on the norht side of the dam, and the politics and embarrasment involved, its easy to turn a blinded eye, and say, its Mr. Godfrey stirring this thing up. someone needs to stir something up. The bay is in peril.. when this thing collapses and fails, the repercussions will be felt for 30 plus years. the valued homes of the banks of the beautiful chesapeake will be nill, so, while i bet you are in politics yourself, living with a bay view, river view or what ever, enjoy the aftermath when you say that Mr. Godfrey had the nerve to speak out and that you should have listened.

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