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Rain douses area

August 29, 2002|by MARLO BARNHART

marlob@herald-mail.com

A steady rain fell across Washington County Wednesday, with almost three-fourths of an inch falling by evening.

The rainfall for Wednesday as of 8 p.m. was .67 of an inch, according to local weather observer Greg Keefer's Web site. That brings the August total to 3.52 inches.

Predictions are for several days of rain or the possibility of rain as August draws to a close.

Area police agencies reported fielding a number of accident calls throughout the daylight hours.

"I think a lot of people have just forgotten how to drive in the rain," said Sgt. L.A. Mastiano of the Maryland State Police in Hagerstown.

The key is remembering to drive slow and allow more room than usual between vehicles, he said.

Oil buildup on the roads mixes with the rain and causes slick conditions and visibility is often lessened by the weather conditions, police said.

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Several property-damage accidents were reported Wednesday but none resulted in any serious injuries, dispatchers with Washington County Fire and Rescue Communications said.

Weather conditions were keeping Maryland State Police medevac helicopters from flying, dispatchers said.

Few accidents were reported in Hagerstown and Sgt. Mark Renner of Hagerstown City Police said the rain was also serving to calm everyone down in and around the city.

Keefer's figures show a deficit of 3.08 inches in 2002 which comes on the heels of a 14.50 inch deficit from 2001.

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