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Storm drops 2 inches of rain, keeps rescue workers busy

August 10, 2012

A storm that lasted several hours and dropped nearly 2 inches of rain on Friday kept rescue workers busy with downed tree branches, inoperable streetlights and a water rescue on Burhans Boulevard in Hagerstown.

Hagerstown police were called to help a motorist who was stranded in a vehicle that stalled in high water under the bridge on Burhans Boulevard near Elgin Boulevard, but when authorities arrived, the motorist already had been rescued, a Washington County Emergency Services supervisor said Friday night.

Storm grates under the bridge were clogged during the storm by several types of debris, including leaves, branches, empty cigarette packs, pieces of plywood and a plastic construction sign.

A heavy flow of water also flooded a section of Memorial Boulevard under the railroad bridge between Maryland Avenue and South Potomac Street.

The storm that passed through Hagerstown late Friday afternoon and early Friday evening dropped 1.83 inches of rain, according to i4weather.net, a website maintained by local weather observer Greg Keefer.

Saturday will be mostly cloudy during the morning, then turn partly sunny in the afternoon, according to a forecast issued by the National Weather Service. The high temperature will reach the mid-80s. Lows will fall into the upper 50s tonight.

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