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Some Canal Woods Residents Remain or Return Despite Flooding

Canal Woods was flooded Thursday morning (Photo:WBOC) Canal Woods was flooded Thursday morning (Photo:WBOC)

Some residents of a community in southern Salisbury affected by rising water that flooded a building earlier in the day returned or remained in their homes Thursday night, despite a request by authorities for an evacuation in the area.

Earlier in the day, Wicomico County's Office of Emergency Services requested people living in the Canal Woods Community leave their homes after the recent rainfall had led the Tony Tank Pond to swell and flood one of the areas. The agency said Thursday afternoon that it would re-evaluate the situation in the morning. 

Many condos and townhouses are situated along Canal Park Drive, which is the only road into the community. One major concern is that flooding could prevent people from being able to get out of the community in an emergency.

Earlier in the day, firefighters helped evacuate people after water levels rose and flooded residential units toward the bottom of the hill.

Still, some people were back in their homes Thursday night.

"We're glad to be able to get back in our house and hopefully the rain subsides tonight so we can here tomorrow. It would be nice," said Caitlin Evans, who returned to her townhouse Thursday night after evacuating earlier in the day.

Michael Hanulak remained at a home toward the end of the Canal Park Drive to keep his parents company after they decided not to evacuate.

"They said there was a voluntary evacuation so they were sticking around. I got off work and decided to stay with them," he said.

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