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Some Flooding Creeps in Southern Dorchester County Ahead of Tropical Storm Florence

Posted: Sep 14, 2018 6:32 PM -04:00 Updated:

CAMBRIDGE, Md. - Hurricane Florence was downgraded to a tropical storm on Friday and the Eastern Shore may have narrowly missed her wrath but is not totally out of the woods just yet. Flooding has begun to creep in some low-lying areas particularly in southern Dorchester County. People there could see up to five feet of tidal water in some areas. The county says it is taking every precaution through the weekend.

Water lapped steadily onto black asphalt in places like Maple Dam Road hours after high tide had made its way there. Standing just feet away, Richard Spaniol hauled in a line for crabs.

"This is exceptionally high," Spaniol said. "The tide's been rolling in all day. It looks like now it's starting to change and recede and head out, which is a good thing, but I'm sure most of the roads in this area are flooded."

It's enough flooding to engulf a whole pier around midday Friday, but still, most of the county stayed dry. Even so, Henry Gootee of Gootee's Marine says he isn't taking any chances - at least 40 boats, once docked at their slips, now sit on dry land.

"Nobody knows really," Gootee said. "Anything that can blow around, we moved. I'll put it that way."

Dorchester County's Emergency Management Team place a call in for federal back up, stationing eight national guard trucks throughout the county as an extra precaution.

"We get our weather updates from the pros," Emergency Management Communication's Brandon Hesson said. "There's been a concern and really that's what a lot of this is in response to."

Hesson says part of their concern is something called stack tides. It happens when tides roll in, adding to water already flooding low-lying areas, according to Hesson. If it doesn't drain properly, it could become very dangerous.

It's enough concern to keep Spaniol close to higher ground as flooding remains a concern in southern Dorchester County.


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