Heavy Rainfall Pelts Md. For Second Straight Day, Creating Serious Flood Risks

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BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Maryland is battered by heavy rainfall for a second straight day, and it won’t be letting up any time soon.

Alex DeMetrick has more on the serious flood risks all this rain is creating.

It’s been a day and nightlong pattern of heavy downpours, creeks suddenly rising out of their banks and then lulls waiting for that next hard rain to hit.

When it runs downstream with force, water ends up in the middle of roads and people get in trouble. Sky Eye Chopper 13 saw it.

“This person just now rescued from this car. This is in the Patapsco Valley State Park,” Captain Jeff Long reported.

But it seemed there was no outrunning downpours that spread from central Maryland to the west. Little Pipe Creek in Carroll County is little usually. Not Friday evening when it suddenly climbed over the road and bridge.

“When it come over the road, it was like, ‘Ugh, no. This ain’t good. This ain’t good,'” said Debbi Craig.

The Craig family’s backyard and the woods next door completely flooded.

“Massive water. The rain had actually stopped. And then the water just flooded. And we just watched it come up and kept watching it come up,” said Howard Craig.

And it could still come up.

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The ground is so saturated, it can’t soak up what’s still falling. And that brings the risk of uprooted trees and debris snagging bridges. And rain almost anywhere upstream must still work its way downstream Friday night and into the weekend.

Because of the lag time, emergency managers are warning people to treat waterways with caution, even after the rain stops.

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