By Pat Warren


FREDERICK, Md. (WJZ/AP) — Maryland is encouraging those with flood damage to reach out to assessors as they survey the damage, including in one of the hardest hit areas: Frederick County.

Frederick County announced Saturday that a survey will help determine whether the county is eligible for any disaster assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

While floodwaters have been receding, warnings still exist for people to beware of debris left behind and be aware that the ground is still so wet that trees may fall and take power lines down with them.

[Reporter: How bad was it?]

“Bad, very bad. Yes, I lost my 2017 Subaru. A lot of damage to my appliances and my basement — all the appliances, the furnace, hot water heater, washer and dryer — just everything gone,” Jim Gregg said. “Yeah, six feet of water in my basement.”

The Frederick County YMCA opened Saturday with work crews hauling debris, ripping out shelves and fixing floors ruined by high water.

Homeowners and businesses are still being asked to conserve water to avoid sewage backups.

A storm on Tuesday dumped seven inches of rain on parts of Frederick in just a three-hour period, followed by several more inches of rain midweek. The flooding damaged roads and private property and strained wastewater treatment facilities.

In a statement Saturday, County Executive Jan Gardner said the county avoided any significant additional flooding at the end of the week.

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