Heavy Rains Bring Flooding to City Dock
State of Emergency Declared for Maryland; Officials urge residents to use caution while driving home from work.
Updated: 6:30 p.m.-Heavy rain brought high waters to the downtown City Dock area, as seen in these photos captured by Patch at about 8:30 a.m, just as high tide was beginning, and later after 4 p.m.. According to the National Weather Service (NWS), a coastal flood warning is in effect for the area until 3 a.m. Friday. The NWS has also issued a flood warning for the area.
Forecasts predict that Annapolis could see as much as 2-3 inches of rain.
On Wednesday, the city of Annapolis issued a release stating that sandbags were being made available both at City Dock and in Eastport in preparation for the heavy rains. The sandbags remain available at Mill's Fine Wine and Spirits downtown, the Market House and at the 2nd Street Pumping Station in Eastport.
At about 3:15 today, the city announced that its Emergency Operations Center has activated a non-emergency hotline number to answer weather-related calls through midnight tonight. That phone number is 410-260-2211. After midnight, inquiries can be directed to 410-224-2140, according to the release.
In a news release issued today, Gov. Martin O'Malley urged Marylanders to take precaution. O'Malley also stated in the release that the Maryland Emergency Management Agency, the Maryland State Highway Administration and the Maryland State Police are working together to monitor the weather event and roadways.
“Maryland’s emergency response and preparedness agencies remain focused on monitoring this event, supporting local jurisdictions as needed, and ensuring all Marylanders are prepared and conduct themselves sensibly throughout this storm,” he stated.
Late this afternoon, O'Malley declared a State of Emergency for Maryland.
“I have ordered state emergency personnel and resources to be available statewide as we safeguard Maryland against the effects of this heavy rain," said O’Malley in a news release. "I ask Marylanders to monitor their local news outlets in the coming days for further information.”
This declaration means that the Maryland National Guard will be called to active service, the news release states.
For more information, visit the NWS website here. Annapolis residents can also check the city's website for updated information. For an update on current road conditions and traffic, visit SHA's website and click on "CHART." You can also find additional updates on MEMA's website.
This article has been updated at 6:30 p.m. to include additional information.