ELKTON, Md. (WJZ) — Tropical Storm Isaias dumped heavy rain in parts of Maryland on Tuesday, including in Cecil County.

Crews responded to multiple water rescues in the county. In Elkton, the water was so deep a responding fire truck itself got stuck.

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Three firefighters managed to walk out of the vehicle with the appropriate gear onboard. Four others, however, were rescued by the swift water rescue team.

Overall, it took about 15 minutes from the time they were stuck to the time they were rescued.


In North East, Chopper 13 was overhead as rescue teams went door to door to get people inside to safety.

Numerous streets and homes were flooded in the area of Main Street and Cecil Avenue. Vehicles had water up to their tires.

Along nearby Race Street and West Cecil Avenue, floodwaters were as deep as four feet, police said.

Even after the storm passed, the North East Creek continued to rage, spilling into back yards and flooding homes. Neighbors told WJZ some of their friends were trapped inside the second floor of their house.

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“We know people that live down the street (on) Cecil Avenue, their house is partly underwater on the first floor,” Thomas Whitt said.

The Maryland Department of Transportation reported numerous road closures along Pulaski Highway and other roads between Perryville and North East. Weather-related road closures were also reported in the Elkton area.



Trash collection was suspended at 10 a.m and the county’s landfill was closed. Crews will pick up trash in the affected areas on Friday.

Chopper 13 shows flooding in North East, Maryland, on Tuesday following Tropical Storm Isaias.

In Rising Sun, the police department reported high water on East Main Street and on Wilson Avenue at Veterans Park.

The American Red Cross tweeted it has volunteers helping people who have been displaced by the storm and are helping assess the damage.

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Kelsey Kushner