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Rescue Crews Helping Motorists Stuck In Flooding Across Md.

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ROCKVILLE, Md. (WJZ) –Rescue crews are helping some motorists who became stuck after heavy rains in Maryland.

Derek Valcourt has more.

Several inches of rain quickly overwhelmed the area’s runoff systems and storm drains and soon countless roads—like one in Elkridge—were under water, many closed to traffic. Even the Beltway, near the Key Bridge at Quarantine Road, where one car was trapped and traffic forced to reroute. Patapsco Avenue at Pennington Avenue in the Brooklyn area were completely underwater. Another car was list in Glen Burnie near 97.

Rising water washed out yards and carried away property.

“We looked out here—the water was up to the third step of our house. It’s going about 40 miles an hour,” said Barbara Ramos.

In fact, Anne Arundel County emergency crews performed more than 27 swift water rescues. Too many cars were stuck after trying to get through covered roads. Glen Burnie, Linthicum, Brooklyn Park and Pasadena were among the hardest hit areas.

“The northern part of Anne Arundel County saw almost eight inches of rain in a three hour period, so we’re seeing a large number of needs for swift water rescues in areas where we don’t see the flooding,” said Lt. Russ Davies, Anne Arundel County fire.

Fire crews were called to help pump out flooded basements and flooded parking lots. At BWI, parts of their long-term parking lot looked like a pond. Many cars were more than half underwater; their out-of-town owners are in for a rude awakening when they return.

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