Washington County roadways flooded, some areas lose power

Storm dumps about 2 inches of rain on Tri-State area

rain likely to return Tuesday

April 16, 2011|By DAN DEARTH |
  • A car drives through a large pudddle after crossing Antietam Creek bridge on Leiters Mill Road Saturday afternoon. About 2 inches of rain fell in the Tri-State area.
By Kevin G. Gilbert

Heavy rains flooded Washington County roadways Saturday and briefly knocked out power near Dargan and the surrounding areas, a Washington County Emergency Services supervisor said.

Harpers Ferry Road in the southern part of the county was flooded in several places, the supervisor said. Altogether, road crews reported that about two dozen patches of roadway were covered with water.

The supervisor said no one had to be rescued from fast-moving water in Washington County, but a rescue was mounted in the northwestern part of neighboring Frederick County, where at least three roads were closed because of flooding, according to Maryland State Police.

The eastbound lanes of Interstate 70 near the Mapleville Road exit were closed to traffic at about 4 p.m., while authorities responded to a two-vehicle accident halfway between Hagerstown and the Frederick County line, a Washington County Emergency Services dispatcher said.

It was unknown whether the crash was weather-related, and further details were not immediately available.

High winds that triggered a tornado watch accompanied the storm that dumped about 2 inches of rain on the Tri-State area Saturday, Accuweather meteorologist Steve Travis said.

"We're in a really cruddy pattern right now," he said. "It just continues to stay wet .... In terms of nice weather, it's going to be a while."

Travis said Sunday should be partly sunny, but high winds are expected to return. He said gusts could reach up to 45 mph.

Monday's weather is predicted to be cloudy, and another rainstorm could return to the region on Tuesday, Travis said. Wednesday and Thursday will be sunny and warmer, but early forecasts show that Friday will bring another batch of rain.

Washington County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Daniel Faith said no major problems were reported as of late Saturday afternoon.

"There has been some flooding, but nothing major" Faith said.

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