Flood Warning Continues: O’Malley Declares State Of Emergency For 2 Counties
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BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A Tornado Warning has expired for parts of Baltimore Co. and Baltimore City, but flooding remains a concern. Gov. Martin O’Malley has declared a State of Emergency for Allegany and Washington counties.
Meteorologist Tim Williams reports heavy downpours have prompted flood warnings and watches across the state.
A Flash Flood Watch is in effect until 10 p.m. Friday for many parts of Maryland.
Allegany and Washington counties has experienced severe flooding from heavy rain over the last several days.
Flood damage in Allegany were primarily in the Cresaptown and Bowling Green communities, where roads were closed because of rushing water. Local first responders had to rescue stranded motorists.
Damages in Washington County were predominantly in the Clear Spring area, where an overflowing Conococheague Creek had local official telling residents to monitor condition closely in case evacuations were needed.
“Ensuring the safety and security of residents and travelers in these areas is our top priority,” said O’Malley. “This declaration gives us the flexibility we need to examine possible threats, initiate recovery efforts and check for damages to infrastructure and buildings.”
Residents in the two counties who need to report damages or have other storm-related concerns should call 301-777-7111 in Allegany County or 240-313-2380 in Washington County.
The Tornado Warning was in effect from 2-2:30 p.m. Friday. Locations impacted included Dundalk, Eastpoint, Turners Station, Back River and Essex. A Tornado Warning means a tornado has been spotted or that rotation has been spotted on radar.
Williams reports storms may now lose their energy over the bay.
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