Md. Officials Begin Inspecting Roads, Bridges After Flooding
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PORT DEPOSIT, Md. (WJZ) — The floodwaters in some areas may have receded, but some parts of the state are still on high alert.
As Gigi Barnett explains, now towns are turning their attention to the dangers of weak bridges and roadways.
Fast-moving floodwaters nearly swallowed low-lying areas across the state. For small towns like Port Deposit, an evacuation order is still in place.
Debris covers the streets and power to some homes is still shut off.
“I haven’t been in my parents’ house, but I’m sure it’s a mess and full of mud,” said Paul Gordon.
Now inspectors are concerned about the roads and bridges.
“We want to make sure that we don’t have any catastrophic collapses that get somebody hurt. We’ve been lucky not to get anybody hurt yet so we’re going to take this slow and easy to make sure we stay that way,” said Port Deposit Mayor Wayne Tome.
Port Deposit isn’t alone. Crews in Baltimore City spent the weekend checking bridges and watching the water.
In Woodstock, closed road and detour signs greeted drivers. There’s a gaping hole on Offutt Road, the road that Ron Shields takes to visit his uncle, who has been without power for days.
“[I'm going to] loop it back around to Liberty Road,” Shields said.
The fear now is more water. Neighbors in these parts are keeping an eye to the sky as the National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for much of the day to much of the state, including Montgomery, Harford and Anne Arundel counties.