BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Baltimore celebrated its annual National Night Out on Tuesday.

The annual tradition is a community-building effort to promote partnerships between local residents, businesses and police officers.

Many fire crews were pulled from National Night Out due to storms in the area that caused flooding throughout the Baltimore area.

Baltimore County Executive Johnn Olszewski released a statement, saying:

“This evening, while we were out celebrating National Night Out, we pulled several of our fire crews from those celebrations to head to Baltimore City to assist the Baltimore City Fire Department with resources as they navigate the storms, flooding, and a three-alarm fire. As it stands we have sent eight engines, the swift water rescue team, and a battalion chief to the city. I am in contact with Chief Rund and Acting Chief Lurz as we stand ready to assist further as the area recovers from the flash flooding and storms. Our volunteer firefighters have been alerted and are on standby if needed to assist as well.

The goal of National Night Out is for neighbors to get to know those who protect and serve their communities.

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