Md. 550 in Thurmont area remains closed due to mudslide

April 19, 2011

THURMONT, Md. — Md. 550, closed in both directions between U.S. 15 and Eylers Valley Flint Road in Frederick County, Md., as a result of a mudslide on Sunday, remained closed Tuesday, according to road officials.

Jim Brown, the resident maintenance engineer for the State Highway Administration in Frederick, said he got a call around 10 a.m. Sunday about a mudslide on the highway.

“I sent a crew to start cleaning up the highway Sunday morning, and while we were cleaning up the bank broke loose,” he said.

When the bank broke loose, trees and dirt slid down the mountains onto the highway. Brown says it was  “very fortunate” that nobody got hurt.

Kenny Karlheim, who also works for the State Highway Administration, said that it could be closed until Thursday or Friday. Brown, however, said he does not know when it will reopen.

“We have our contractor coming out here today, and then we’ll start removing the stuff from the road,” he said.

In the meantime, detours have been set up for drivers in the area.

The mudslide was one of many incidents in Frederick County that occurred over the weekend due to the weather.

The Monocacy River overflowed its banks as a result ofthe heavy rain, and three tornadoes hit the Emmitsburg, Md., area.

— Caleb Calhoun

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