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Flood warning lifted

July 08, 2005|staff reports

Remnants of tropical depression Cindy quietly moved through Washington County on Thursday night and this morning, while other parts of the Tri-State area received considerably more rain.

National Weather Service meteorologist John Darnley said only 1.46 inches of rain fell at Hagers-town Regional Airport. However, areas near Harpers Ferry, W.Va., and Charles Town, W.Va., received up to four inches of precipitation.

National Weather Service warnings issued Thursday called for the possibility of flooding in Washington County; Franklin and Fulton counties in Pennsylvania; and Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan counties in West Virginia.

A flood warning for Washington County was removed today around 10 a.m., said Darnley.

City Water and Sewer Department Manager David Shindle said an additional plant operator was working Thursday evening to handle possible increases in flow because of the rain.

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According to Shindle, the plant recently has handled flows of about 6 million gallons per day.

Additional temporary pumps can handle increases in capacity of about 12 million gallons per day, Shindle said. The plant's maximum capacity is about 32 million gallons per day.

Overflows have allowed pollutants to spill into Antietam Creek at times over the last five years, leading to state sanctions.

Shindle said he believed recent dry conditions would allow the ground to absorb at least some of the forecasted rain.

Darnley said that as of Thursday afternoon, less than 1.5 inches of rain had fallen in the area since June. Last year, 3.05 inches fell between June and July 7, Darnley said.

AccuWeather forecast a fairly quick storm. Skies were expected to begin clearing in time for the weekend.

The National Weather Service forecasts partly cloudy skies Saturday, with highs in the mid-80s. On Sunday, sunny skies and highs in the low 90s are expected.

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