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Low-lying areas flooded by rain

January 02, 2003|by LAURA ERNDE

Heavy rains flooded low-lying roads in the Tri-State area Wednesday evening, but there were no reports of injuries.

In Franklin County, Pa., the Franklin Fire Co. escorted a man to dry ground after his car stalled in about a foot of water in the 700 block of Salem Road in Greene Township, Deputy Chief Jamie Hammond said.

Another car was stranded by high water on West Commerce Street in Hamilton Township, Hammond said.

Other roads that flooded in the Chambersburg, Pa., area included Rowe Run Road, Pinola Road, the intersection of West Commerce Street and North Franklin Street, Woodstock Road, North Second Street and Sollenberger Road, according to the Franklin County Dispatch Center.

In Washington County, high water shut down Greencastle Pike between the Elks Picnic Grounds and Cearfoss Pike.

No roads were closed in Berkeley County, W.Va., but high-water advisory signs were being posted on low-lying areas of Eagle School Road, Warm Springs Avenue and Winchester Avenue, an emergency dispatcher there said.

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The National Weather Service issued flood warnings for Washington and Frederick counties and the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia. Freezing rain was forecast for Wednesday night and early this morning, according to the National Weather Service Web site.

Nearly 11/2 inches of rain fell in the Hagerstown area as of 8:30 p.m., according to Hagerstown Weather Observer Greg Keefer's Web site.

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