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Canal Woods Residents Return Home After Evacuation Request Lifted

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Flooded homes in the Canal Woods community. (WBOC/Tom Lehman) Flooded homes in the Canal Woods community. (WBOC/Tom Lehman)

Residents of the Canal Woods Community in South Salisbury returned home Friday after flooding caused them to leave their homes the day before, though many condominiums remained submerged.

Officials with the Wicomico County Office of Emergency Services announced about midday that they were discontinuing an evacuation request for the community, which is comprised of a cluster of condominiums and townhouses.

Despite the lifted evacuation, water still flowed through the area and submerged a foot bridge connected to one building. That same structure had rooms on the first floor that were flooded. 

Jeff Buckmaster, the owner of a Canal Woods condominium that he leases to renters, traveled up to check on the unit, which had been affected by floodwaters.

"I assume the next (step) is to talk to the insurance people and go from there...I don't know if FEMA is going to be here or not but that is a flood. I don't know what the protocol is so we have to go through all the motions before we do anything, really," he said.

Mold growth isn't the only concern for people who live in the area. The water that spilled into residents' homes and may have caused significant damage carried dirt, various substances, and garbage with it.

A cleaning crew from Snow Hill had arrived by the early afternoon hours to begin the process of dealing with the damage.

Residents who heeded the evacuation request said they were happy to get back home. Cora Elliott, who lives in a townhouse further up the road from the area that was flooded, said she spent the night in a hotel because the community only has one entrance that lies next to the Tony Tank Pond.

"If we didn't comply, [emergency personnel] weren't obligated to come and get us if we had some kind of emergency so we kind of packed it in and left," she said.

People who lived in both buildings that contained homes condemned because of the flooding said the power remained off in their condominiums, even though they were on higher floors.

Ann Wiseman ignored the evacuation order because she did not want to have to move her pets. She said her son and his fiance both live in a condo located in one of the buildings that experienced first-floor flooding.

"They're up on the third floor but there was a still a concern there as well because she has cats and a son," she said.

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