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Tri-State area flood watches lifted

Washington County narrowly escaped the brunt of the storm

Monocacy floods in Frederick County

September 09, 2011

HAGERSTOWN — Flood watches throughout the Tri-State area were lifted overnight following several days of rain associated with Tropical Storm Lee.

In Hagerstown, less than a half inch of rain fell Thursday and another 0.18 inch through early Friday afternoon, according to weather watcher Greg Keefer's site i4weather.net, bringing the total to 3.63 inches since Monday.

Flash-flood watches for Washington County, Franklin County, Pa., and Berkeley and Jefferson counties in West Virginia were lifted overnight, according to the National Weather Service.

Showers and thunderstorms continued moving across the area Thursday, bringing possible rapid rises in creeks and streams, as well as flash flooding in urban areas, the watch said.

A watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flooding.

Streams in Washington County remained well below flood stages Friday. Conococheague Creek at Fairview measured 5.94 feet at 1 p.m., according to the weather service. Flood stage is 10 feet. Antietam Creek at Sharpsburg, where the flood stage is 8 feet, was at 3.39 feet at noon, the weather service reported.

South Mountain in Franklin County, Pa., had received 5.61 inches of rain between Sunday and Thursday morning, said Kevin Fitzgerald, meteorologist with the State College, Pa., weather service office.

Washington County narrowly escaped the brunt of the storm. Fitzgerald said that to the east of the county, in Abbottstown, Pa., 9.36 inches of rain fell in the same period of time.

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In Frederick County, Md., a flash-flood watch remained in effect, the weather service said Friday afternoon. A flood warning for the Monocacy River in Frederick had been lifted.

The Monocacy River at Frederick crested at 16.9 feet Friday morning, 1.1 feet above flood stage, according to the NWS. By noon, it had receded to 15.22 feet.

The weekend forecast for Washington County calls for a chance of showers and thunderstorms through Sunday night, according to the weather service.

— Staff reports

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