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UPDATE: Flood warnings in effect across Tri-State as rain continues

May 12, 2008|From staff reports

Flood warnings remain in effect throughout most of the Tri-State area this afternoon as light rain continues to fall. Several roads are closed due to high water.

As of 3 p.m., Hagerstown weather observer Greg Keefer reported on his Web site that 2.65 inches of rain has fallen since the storm began Sunday evening - including 1.63 inches since midnight.

In Washington County, a flood warning for the Conococheague Creek at Fairview is in effect through Tuesday evening, according to the National Weather Service. The creek is expected to rise above flood stage of 8 feet by late this afternoon and crest at nearly 9 feet after midnight. At flood stage, minor flooding of low-lying areas begins, and Wishard Road and parts of Md. 63 north of Huyetts Crossroads begin to be inundated, the weather service said.

Eight roads in Washington County were not passable due to high water Monday afternoon, highway department officials said.

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They are:

· Mills Road

· Lehmans Mill Road

· Leiters Mill Road

· Battletown Road

· Beaver Creek Road at Cool Hollow Road

· Clopper Road

· Trovinger Mill Road

· Old Roxbury Road at the Alternate U.S. 40 end

Minor flooding is occurring at the Potomac River basin below Harpers Ferry, W.Va., and moderate flooding is forecast there, the weather service said.

Minor flooding is also forecast for the Potomac River basin above Harpers Ferry, according to NWS.

Frederick, MD - All City Sports Fields (including City leased school fields) are closed today due to standing water, wet field conditions and continued rain. Continued inclement weather conditions may result in the need to close for the next few days. 

Franklin County, Pa.

In Franklin County, Pa., Coldspring Road in Fayetteville, Pa., was closed early today due to flooding in the area.

The National Weather Service issued a flood warning for urban areas and small streams in Franklin County. The Antietam Creek rose sharply in Franklin County and rushed under the Wharf Road bridge, which was already closed for repairs.

The traditionally problematic storm water system in the Borough of Waynesboro, however, held up overnight. The outfall along Cemetery Avenue flowed steadily this morning, but had several feet to go before water would flood area yards. Several steps have been taken to reduce the likelihood of flooding in the South End of Waynesboro.

Mount Pleasant Road in Fayetteville has now been closed.

Berkeley County, W.Va.

In Berkeley County, W.Va., the flood warning has been extended until 11:15 a.m. today. At 6:25 a.m., Berkeley County emergency management officials reported numerous roads throughout the county with standing water on them, the weather service reported.

Jefferson County, W.Va.

The flood warning for Jefferson County, W.Va., has been extended until 11:45 a.m., the weather service said.

By 5:33 a.m., 2 to 4 inches of rain had fallen across the county and another inch was expected by 11:45, the weather service said.

Forecast

The weather service predicts an additional one-quarter to one-half inch of rain today in Washington County, with winds near 20 mph and high temperatures reaching only to the upper 40s. Skies are expected to turn partly cloudy later tonight.

Sunny weather is forecast for Tuesday, with highs near 70, the weather service said.

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