Anne Arundel County Urges Residents to Take Precautionary Measures Re: Coastal Flooding

(Glen Burnie) — County Emergency management officials are urging residents, from the county’s emergency operations center, to take the following measures as Anne Arundel County experiences historic flooding.

In a release they write:

We urge residents to weigh the current conditions they are experiencing and
what is anticipated over the next 10 to 12 hours. Our coastal communities and those
in surrounding low-lying areas have already begun experiencing moderate to
substantial coastal flooding which has affected road accessibility. Coastal flooding is
expected to reach its peak at around midnight when we expect to see at least an
additional 8 inches of coastal flooding.
With the knowledge that we have not seen the worst of it yet, now is the time to
make the decision if it is safer for you and your family to leave your home. Making
this decision now while there’s still daylight is critical because conditions will
continue to worsen and additional roads may become impassable. If you plan on
leaving your home this evening to avoid the flooding, we urge you to take the
following precautions:
● Never drive around barricades. Local responders use them to safely direct
traffic out of flooded areas.
● Do not walk, swim or drive through floodwaters. Turn Around. Don’t Drown!
● Restrict children from playing in flooded areas.

If you plan on staying in your home this evening we urge you to take the following
precautions:
● Follow any directives to turn off utilities. If you’re advised to switch off the
main power source to your home by local or utility authorities, flip each
breaker and THEN turn off the main breaker. You may also need to shut off
the main valve for your home’s gas and water.
● DO NOT go near any downed power lines especially if there is standing water
nearby.
● If your home experienced flooding, keep the power off until an electrician has
inspected your system for safety.
● Check on your neighbors and loved ones. Provide assistance if you can to
those who need help.
● If you experience a power outage please report it on BGE’s website at
bge.com/outages or call 877-778-2222.

The county is also providing a webpage for residents to check to see the latest road closures due to flood waters. You may find it here. Just scroll down for road conditions.

 

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