Up to 5 inches of rain expected

July 08, 2005|by KAREN HANNA


Remnants of Tropical Depression Cindy were expected to dump several inches of rain on parts of the Tri-State area between Thursday and this afternoon.

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

Verna Brown, Washington County Emergency Management coordinator, said Thursday that agencies, including fire departments and the American Red Cross, would continue monitoring the situation.


"You never know about storms, so you can't say, 'We're going to do this,' and the storm hits in that area," Brown said.

According to the National Weather Service bulletins, 3 to 5 inches of rain could fall in some areas.

National Weather Service meteorologist John Darnley advised that people who live in low-lying areas should make sure to clean out storm drains and bring in lawn furniture.

Darnley said drivers should avoid areas where water conceals the bottoms of roads.

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.

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

AccuWeather meteorologist Alex Sosnowski said Thursday the area could receive between 2 and 4 inches of rain during what could prove to be "very persistent downpours."

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

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