Maryland Blogger: Prepare for Continued Rain, Storms throughout this Week

Prepare for Continued Rain, Storms throughout this Week

Governor Hogan Reminds Marylanders to Prepare for Continued Rain, Storms throughout this Week

May 17, 2018

 

MEMA Coordinating Damage Assessment Process in Frederick, Washington Counties 

REISTERSTOWN, Md. (May 17, 2018) — Rain is in the forecast for the remainder of this week and Maryland Governor Larry Hogan is reminding residents to be prepared for additional storms and flooding.

“Much of the state has already experienced heavy rain and flooding and these conditions are predicted to continue for the next several days,” said Governor Larry Hogan. “It is essential that everyone continue to monitor forecasts this week, prepare your homes and families for more rain, and avoid driving during thunderstorms. Remember – turn around, don’t drown!”

During spring, Maryland is at risk for heavy rainstorms, flooding, damaging winds, tornadoes, hail, and lightning. All of these hazards typically occur throughout the state. Residents can be weather prepared by ensuring that they know how to receive warnings, follow safety tips, and take the following actions:

  • Never enter an area where water is flowing over a road and you cannot see the pavement. During flooding, turn around, don’t drown!
  • Keep communications devices charged during storms so that you will have a way to follow weather forecasts and communicate with your family, friends, and neighbors.
  • If a severe thunderstorm warning is issued or if you are experiencing strong winds, get to a sturdy shelter and stay indoors and away from windows.
  • If you hear thunder, you are close enough to be struck by lightning. More than 98 percent of lightning casualties are from people outdoors—get indoors or inside your vehicle if possible.
  • Know who to contact in case of a power outage and report power outages to your utilities provider.
  • Document any damages to your home, property, and business and provide this information to your insurance company.

Areas in the national capital region and western Maryland were hit with heavy rainfall earlier this week. The Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) is currently working with local officials in Frederick and Washington counties to assess damages caused by flooding and coordinate any needed assistance from the state.

“Assessing damages is a step toward identifying, facilitating, and providing assistance to the affected areas,” said MEMA Executive Director Russ Strickland. “We have been working closely with local officials to support response and recovery efforts in every way possible.”

Residents can find additional preparedness information on MEMA’s website. The agency will also be posting updated information throughout the week on social media. You can follow MEMA on Twitter or on Facebook.

 

 

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Comment balloon 12 commentsRoy Kelley • May 17 2018 07:12PM

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THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN STERLING VA HAS ISSUED A * FLOOD WARNING FOR THE POTOMAC RIVER AT EDWARDS FERRY. * FROM LATE TONIGHT UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. * AT 3 PM THURSDAY THE STAGE WAS 13.8 FEET AND STEADY. * FLOOD STAGE IS 15.0 FEET. * MODERATE FLOODING IS FORECAST. * FORECAST...RISE ABOVE FLOOD STAGE BY OVERNIGHT TONIGHT AND CREST NEAR 23.7 FEET BY SUNDAY MORNING. * IMPACT...AT 24.0 FEET...WATER REACHES THE FIRST FLOOR CEILING AT WHITES FERRY STORE. SIGNIFICANT PORTIONS OF THE C&O CANAL TOWPATH ARE FLOODED. BACKWATER FLOODING IS AFFECTING HOMES ON THE LOUDOUN COUNTY SIDE OF THE RIVER NEAR BROAD RUN IN STERLING.

Posted by Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs (Realty Group Referrals) 6 months ago

Maryland officials urged residents to prepare for more rounds of storms and flooding.

MEMA On How To Prepare

  • Get your emergency kit in order. Plan for at least three days of supplies. Recommended items to include are bottled water, non-perishable food, battery-operated radio, flashlight, extra batteries, toiletries, first aid kit, pet food, prescription medications and copies of important documents (i.e., insurance policies, bank accounts, identification).
  • Have a communication plan. Your family may not be together when flooding strikes, so plan on how you will contact one another. Locally, stay in touch with friends, relatives and neighbors. Designate someone out of town, not in the impacted area, to be a backup point of contact.
  • See if you are in a flood-prone areaTake any necessary steps if so to get flood-ready.

(For more news like this, find your local Patch here. If you have an iPhone, click here to get the free Patch iPhone app; download the free Patch Android app here.)

Important Maryland Utility Numbers Include:

  • PEPCO: 1-877-737-2662
  • Baltimore Gas and Electric (BG&E): 1-877-778-2222 or 1-800-685-0123
  • First Energy/Potomac Edison: 1-888-544-4877
  • SMECO: 1-877-747-6326 or 1-888-440-3311
  • Washington Gas: 1-800-752-7520
  • Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission: 1-800-828-4002
Posted by Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs (Realty Group Referrals) 6 months ago

This is good information for local residents. Thank you for sharing 

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) 6 months ago

Good information for Maryland residents, Roy.  It has been pretty rainy down here for the past week as well.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) 6 months ago

Great information, Roy, for area residents. We are expecting rain for the next several days here in Charlotte, as well.

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage | Charlotte, NC) 6 months ago

The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Warning for the Potomac River at Edwards Ferry and Little Falls. A Flood Watch for all of Montgomery County is still in effect through 8 a.m. Saturday 5/19.

Posted by Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs (Realty Group Referrals) 6 months ago

We have been in DC this week and experienced the rain you are talking about. Frankly, it has been very unpleasant having wet feet and dashing here and there in the rain.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) 6 months ago

We have a rainy Saturday that will change many plans to attend local events.

Posted by Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs (Realty Group Referrals) 6 months ago

Posted by Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs (Realty Group Referrals) 6 months ago

Thank you very much for your comments. It is always good to hear from you.

Posted by Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs (Realty Group Referrals) 6 months ago
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