Frances dumps rain on county

September 09, 2004|BY BRIAN SHAPPELL

WASHINGTON COUNTY - The remains of Tropical Storm Frances soaked Washington County Wednesday, prompting area officials and national weather experts to issue a flood warning.

According to weather observer Greg Keefer's Web site at, Hagerstown received 0.63 inch of rain by 9:15 p.m., Wednesday.

The National Weather Service's Sterling, Va., office issued a flash flood warning for Washington County and for parts of West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle Wednesday at 8:46 p.m. The warning was to remain in effect through 12:45 a.m. today, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Web site at

Washington County's director of emergency services, Joe Kroboth, could not be reached for comment on potential flooding conditions Wednesday afternoon or evening. Maryland State Police Cpl. T.J. McKenrick said police received no reports of flooding in the area by 9 p.m.


The Washington County Commissioners issued a news release with a series of flood preparedness tips Wednesday in case of dangerous conditions. It included the following:

· Go to higher ground during floods because just 6 inches of water can knock someone off his/her feet.

· Be prepared to evacuate/plan an evacuation route.

· Keep a stock of at least three days worth of food and water.

· Know how to shut off electricity, gas and water lines.

· If there is any possibility of a flash flood, move immediately to higher ground. Do not wait for instructions to do so.

· Do not drive in flooded areas because high flood waters can causes vehicles to stall, lose control or float.

· Avoid post-flood waters because they can be contaminated with raw sewage, oil, gasoline or be electrically charged.

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