OCEAN CITY, Md. (WJZ) — Heavy rain from Tropical Storm Fay led to flooding in parts of Ocean City, Maryland, on Friday.
The National Weather Service said between three and six inches of rain fell on the area since midnight. Ocean City saw more than five inches of rain.
Officials reported a number of delays or street closures due to heavy rain and flooding. Ocean City’s police department asked people to avoid driving on the south end of town, saying Philadelphia Avenue south of Dorchester Street is impassable and other areas may see flooding.
Those areas included parts of town south of 12th street, 7th and 8th streets, south of 2nd Street and St. Louis Avenue, the police department tweeted.
TRAVEL ADVISORY: Due to the heavy rain, please avoid driving around the south end of town due to flooding. South of Dorchester St on Philadelphia Ave is impassable. We anticipate to see flooding at intersections south of around 12th St, 7-8th, south of 2nd St and St. Louis Ave. pic.twitter.com/FUfjjTz1lg
— Ocean City PD (@OCPDMDInfo) July 10, 2020
Heading to the Eastern Shore was also affected. The MDTA tweeted Bay Bridge delays of 2.5 miles heading eastbound since two-way traffic wasn’t being allowed for part of the afternoon due to high winds.
Wind warnings on the bridge have since expired.
— MDTA (@TheMDTA) July 10, 2020
Meanwhile, the Maryland State Highway Administration said Route 90 between Old Ocean City Boulevard and U.S. Highway 113 had closed due to the weather. It has since reopened.
— MD State Highway Adm (@MDSHA) July 10, 2020
Flooding also led to delays on the westbound Ocean City drawbridge on U.S. Highway 50.
— Kristy Breslin (@WJZKBreslin) July 10, 2020
— John Purvis (@johnrp58) July 10, 2020
Up the coast in Delaware, officials reported some road flooding in Fenwick Island.
Heavy rain has moved into Sussex County and road flooding is occurring at Route 1 and Route 54 in Fenwick Island.
Please use caution when traveling today!
— DelDOT (@DelawareDOT) July 10, 2020
The storm also led the Maryland Department of Natural Resources to initiate red flag status banning swimming at Assateague State Park.
ALERT: We have initiated RED FLAG status at Assateague State Park. Swimming is not permitted at this time. pic.twitter.com/xhvGQbO3ql
— Maryland DNR (@MarylandDNR) July 10, 2020