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Date: May 31, 2018

Flash Flood Watch Issued for County, More Rain Forecast Through Weekend

Baltimore County is asking residents and business owners to use the following phone numbers in case of flood emergency:

Medical or life-threatening emergency        Call 911

Flooded basement                                       Call 911

Emergency shelter and food                       410-887-2222

Sewer, road or tree issues                           410-887-3560

Storm recovery and road closure information will be updated on the County’s web site, or on Twitter at BACOemergency.

“With more rain forecast through the weekend, we’re hoping for the best, but are planning for the worst. Our department of public works crews and fire and police responders are ready to assist with whatever Mother Nature throws us. We encourage neighbors to continue to check in on their neighbors,” said Baltimore County Executive Don Mohler.

Additional Flood Risks

 A National Weather Service (NWS) flash flood watch is in effect through late this evening. The NWS bulletin says, "Numerous showers and thunderstorms capable of producing heavy rainfall are expected to approach the region this afternoon and continue past midnight. Localized rainfall amounts of two to four inches are expected."

The "torrential" rainfall is likely to cause rapid rises of creeks and streams, causing them to spill beyond their banks, NWS said. Low spots along roadways may become impassible due to accumulating runoff. Flash flooding may develop quickly.

Flooding, especially flash flooding, is one of the deadliest natural disasters. Most fatalities occur when motorists and passengers are washed away in their vehicles.

Information on how to prepare before, during and after a flood can be found on the Baltimore County website.

“Safety is our first concern,” said Baltimore County Fire Department Division Chief Jay Ringgold, who oversees Emergency Management. “We strongly urge residents to stay away from creeks and streams, and never attempt to drive through floodwaters.”

Curbside Removal of Storm Debris

As previously announced, the County is providing curbside pick-up of storm debris from homes in the areas most severely affected by flooding.

The Baltimore County Bureau of Highways will provide curbside pickup upon request of residents in the greater Catonsville and Oella areas and the Turner Station neighborhood in Dundalk. Residents may call 410-887-3560 to request this service, which is available through Friday, June 8.

The County is also providing a temporary debris drop-off center at the Benjamin Banneker Historical Center and Park, located at 300 Oella Avenue, Catonsville, MD 21228, 10 a.m. through 5 p.m., every day through Friday, June 8.

In addition, residents can deliver debris to the County’s drop-off centers located in Halethorpe, Cockeysville and White Marsh.

Storm Damage and Operations Summary

Four roads in the southwest portion of Baltimore County remain closed and County engineers are evaluating conditions. Closed roads include Old Frederick Road, River Road, Westchester Avenue and Thistle Road. Public Works officials expect these roads to remain closed for an extended period.

County public works and fire crews responded to more than 400 homes with flooded basements to assist with pump-outs. Fire crews performed dozens of significant water rescues and have responded to hundreds of calls for service since Sunday. Baltimore County Fire personnel also continue to provide mutual aid to Howard County, including search and rescue operations support.

One home in the Catonsville area was ruled uninhabitable by County inspectors. Catonsville Elementary School experienced minor flooding, but opened on time May 29.

Homeowners who have suffered damage are advised to contact their insurance companies immediately.

County Invites Stories of Neighbors Helping Neighbors

During difficult times, people often need an extra helping hand, and others are willing to jump in and offer assistance. County Executive Mohler invites people to share stories about acts of kindness in the community, using the hashtag #BaltCoNeighborsCare.

“We would love for people to share their thanks for a neighbor who helped them clean their basement, or maybe a stranger who stepped in to help in a moment of need related to the storm,” Mohler said.

These stories will be shared and/or retweeted on Baltimore County Government’s social media pages.

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