Thursday, January 31, 2013
Heavy rainfall overnight on Wednesday soaked Howard County.
A rain storm that poured down on the county overnight on Wednesday caused flooding, road closures and downed trees. The storm swept through Maryland leaving approximately two inches of rainfall in an 18-hour period, according to National Weather Service (NWS) data. On Main Street in Historic Ellicott City, the Patapsco River rose so high it nearly reached the bridge that leads into Catonsville. Officials closed Main Street in the morning due to flooding and some businesses were dealing with the after-effects. Phoenix Emporium, Great Panes and Discoveries were just some of the Main Street businesses that said they experienced flooding due to the storm. “You get used to it,” said Len Berkowitz, owner of Great Panes, who was cleaning up …
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
The approaching weather looks hazardous, according to the National Weather Service.
Strong showers and thunderstorms are on the way, according to the National Weather Service (NWS), and they may bring with them additional severe weather. In its hazardous weather statement, NWS warns that the approaching storms may cause localized flash flooding, damaging winds and even isolated tornadoes. NWS issued a tornado watch for eastern and central Maryland counties at 10:55 a.m. this morning. The worst of the storms is expected Tuesday afternoon – sometime between noon and 6 p.m., according to NWS. In a statement issued Tuesday morning, Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) wrote that wind gusts could damage overhead and underground equipment, causing power outages. "As BGE and our field crews prepare to respond to weather-…
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Residents could see a flash flood rating system and an increased number of rain gardens.
Howard County officials want to do a better job of warning residents that a flash flood is coming. Officials, in fact, have included that as a goal in a new report outlining how to protect residents and businesses from floods. The plan was about a year in the making and comes coincidentally after recent rains from Tropical Storm Lee caused a 20-year flood in parts of the county, according to Howard Saltzman of the county's storm water management division. The plan's public release comes amid news that Howard County was not among the areas in Maryland to receive federal funding for flood-related disaster assistance related to Lee. The declaration by President Obama means Federal Emergency Management Agency money would go to those local …
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Baltimore County fire crews had to rescue some of their own out of the Patapsco River at Frederick and River roads, after a boat they were in capsized in the river. Six firefighters were rescued, including one stranded in a tree surrounded by water, according to Det. Cathleen Batton with the Baltimore County Police Department. Four firefighters were from the Arbutus Volunteer Fire Company Swiftwater Rescue Team and two were career firefighters from the Texas Station Swiftwater Rescue Team.
Saturday, August 27, 2011
County Executive Ken Ulman is encouraging drivers to avoid travel and use caution on roadways.
Howard County officials closed libraries and parks and canceled government-sponsored events and activities through Sunday because of as much as 6 inches of rain and possible power outages. “Because of the dangerous conditions that are expected overnight into tomorrow morning, we are asking that you limit non-essential travel and activities during this time,” said County Executive Ken Ulman in a press release. “We have canceled all county activities through Sunday and ask other organizations to consider doing the same.” Emergency officials recommend that people who have to travel avoid standing water and to treat any non-functioning traffic intersections as four-way stops. The county’s Emergency Operation Center is available to residents…
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Be prepared for nasty weather this week.
In case you hadn’t guessed, we may be in for some flooding. The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch, which means that we may be on the way to conditions that lead to flash flooding: rain could fall at rates of one to two inches per hour at times, causing streams and creeks to rise. The next level of alert would be a flash flood warning, at which point, flooding is "in progress, imminent, or highly likely," so stay tuned. There is also a small chance that we’ll see some serious thunderstorms later today and this evening. Tie down your lawn furniture and put the car in the garage—storms could bring heavy winds and even hail. Temperatures shouldn’t get much higher today, topping out at about 67 degrees and dropping just…
Friday, March 11, 2011
Patch caught flooding and the effects of the heavy rainfall Wednesday and Thursday.
Standing Water Accumulates in Catonsville White Water Savage