Use Caution When Approaching a Flooded RoadJuly 24, 2019
Over the past few weeks, heavy rains in the area caused serious flooding in areas throughout the state. In Carroll County alone, flooded roadways, downed wires, and fallen trees caused the Carroll County Department of Public Safety to close numerous roads for hours at a time following a recent downpour. Safety officials urge all motorists to turn around if they encounter a road that is flooded, rather than risk getting swept away in rising flood waters.
According to Carroll County Emergency Management, high water levels caused safety officials to close a few roads in the area, but fortunately, everyone remained safe. The Carroll County Department of Public Safety closed the following roads on July 8 due to flooding:
- Hoods Mill Road up to the Howard County line
- Sams Creek Road from Md. 31 to the Frederick County line
- Multiple locations on Wesley Road for fallen trees and wires
- Marble Quarry Road between McKinstry’s Mill and the Frederick County line
Whenever there are wires down, we treat them as live wires, said the deputy director of public works. Before the trees could be removed from Wesley Road, Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. was called out to clear away the wires in case any of them were live. To prevent motorists from driving through a road that has been closed for safety reasons, county employees were brought in to block traffic rather than simply putting up signs. Fortunately, there were no accidents or injuries associated with this flood.
When Approaching a Flooded Road
After heavy rains or a flash flood, water can accumulate very quickly, causing roadways to flood, particularly if there is a stream, lake, or pond nearby. When approaching a road that appears to be covered with water, the best thing to do is turn around. Motorists are urged to always use common sense when driving in heavy rain. Rainfall can be particularly heavy during the summer, and floods can be extremely damaging and dangerous. Any motorist, pedestrian, or bicyclist stuck in an emergency flood situation should call 911 immediately.
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