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Md. SHA Says Heavy Rain Could Mean Potential Flooding

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UNDATED- Based on the weather forecast for heavy rains throughout Maryland for Thursday into Friday, the Maryland State Highway Administration is alerting motorists to anticipate potential flooding on highways and to use extreme caution.

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for much of the state. Officials said conditions are possible for flooding with up to 4 inches of rain; high winds and possible power outages to impact Maryland later Thursday and Friday.

“Given the forecast, it is a very real concern that streams and rivers will crest and affect many roadways,” said SHA Administrator Melinda B. Peters. “SHA crews are proactively clearing highway drainage facilities to reduce the threat of flooding but it only takes a few inches of water to create unsafe driving conditions.”

Officials said SHA crews are clearing debris from inlets and bridge drains and removing any obstacles under bridges that could reduce efficient water flow.  Additionally crews are readying high water signs and notifying tree contractors to be on standby to clear trees quickly. 

Officials noted that on May 1, much of central Maryland encountered up to 5 inches of rain, which caused widespread flooding.  In some cases, people tried to drive through flooded areas and had to be rescued.
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