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Police, emergency dispatchers say few problems Monday with traffic

May 30, 2011

Police and emergency dispatchers across the Tri-State area said there were few problems Monday with Memorial Day traffic.

By midafternoon, traffic was starting to slow on eastbound Interstate 70 in Washington County, while Interstate 81 was free of any congestion, according to a spokesman for the Washington County barrack of the Maryland State Police.

Later in the evening, emergency services officials said they hadn't received any reports of backups on area roads.

Some 911 dispatchers said they were busy with calls in the evening, but none had reports of significant police or fire incidents.

Rescue crews were sent to the Potomac River in the area of the U.S. 340 bridge near Harpers Ferry, W.Va., Monday afternoon to help rescue a group of people who had been using kayaks in the river, a 911 dispatcher said.

Five people were helped out of the river, and no one was injured, the dispatcher said.

Authorities were alerted about the situation at 2:38 p.m., the dispatcher said.

A Washington County 911 dispatcher said an afternoon call about a boat being on fire turned out to be a minor incident.

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