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Roads closed in Washington County due to heavy rain have reopened

May 30, 2012
  • Memorial Boulevard between Potomac and Maryland avenues remained closed Wednesday morning due to high water from Tuesday's thunderstorms.
By Caleb Calhoun/Mobile Journalist

Close to a dozen Washington County roads that had been closed Tuesday from heavy rains that fell over the area had reopened by Wednesday morning, according to a county highway department official.

In Hagerstown, Memorial Boulevard between Potomac and Maryland avenues remained closed Wednesday morning due to high water under the railroad overpass, Washington County spokeswoman Sarah Lankford Sprecher said.

Dale Poffenberger, street supervisor for the City of Hagerstown, said workers are draining the water from the street.

Poffenberger said at 7:40 a.m. that he hoped the work could be completed in a couple of hours.

“We are in the process of cleaning debris and limbs from roadways countywide,” Diane Mongan, office manager for the county highway department, said in an email Wednesday morning.

Roads closed Tuesday night included Poffenberger Road, Mary Flowers Way, Roulette Drive, Cool Hollow Road, Bakersville Road at Tommytown Road, the 7700 block of Old National Pike, Mount Aetna Road at Mapleville Road, Sharpsburg Pike in the area of the ag center, Fairplay Road near Bakersville Road and the 18000 block of Keedysville Road, a Washington County Emergency Services dispatcher said.

Emergency workers and local law enforcement officials reported extensive flash flooding throughout the region.

A severe thunderstorm watch was in effect until 10 p.m. Wednesday for Washington and Frederick counties, according to the National Weather Service in Sterling, Va.

The NWS also extended its flash flood warning for Washington County and western Frederick County, as well as northeastern Morgan County, northern Jefferson County and eastern Berkeley County in West Virginia until 10:45 p.m. Wednesday.

As of Wednesday morning, no watches or warnings were n effect for Washington County and the surrounding area, according to the weather service.

Wednesday’s forecast calls for partly sunny skies, with isolated showers before noon.

— C.J. Lovelace and Caleb Calhoun

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