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Anne Arundel County Fire Department
Thursday May 15th, 2014 :: 03:53 p.m. EDT


Residents Urged to Observe Storm Safety with Possible Flooding

Millersville, Maryland….The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch and a Coastal Flood Advisory for late tonight into tomorrow afternoon for Anne Arundel County. Showers and scattered thunderstorms are expected to develop this evening and continue into Friday afternoon with the heaviest rain late tonight through midday Friday. Rainfall amounts of two to three inches can be expected with locally higher amounts possible. This amount of rainfall has the potential to produce flash flooding. Additionally, on shore winds and tides will combine to generate minor flooding in low lying areas along the shore.

The following are important points to remember when driving in flood conditions:
• Six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars causing loss of control and possible stalling.
• A foot of water will float many vehicles
• Two feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles including sport utility vehicles (SUV’s) and pick-ups.
• Do not attempt to drive through a flooded road. The depth of water is not always obvious. The road bed may be washed out under the water, and you could be stranded or trapped.
• Do not drive around a barricade. Barricades are there for your protection. Turn around and go the other way.
• Be especially cautious driving at night when it is harder to recognize flood dangers.

The Anne Arundel County Fire Department urges motorists to stay out of the flooded roadway. The water may be much deeper than it appears as the road beds may be washed out. Also, respect “road closed” barriers posted to warn you of the danger. This includes attempts to walk or wade through flowing water. As little as six inches of rapidly moving water can sweep you off your feet and carry you downstream. Finally, know when you are at risk! Keep abreast of the latest weather watches and warnings from the National Weather Service with the NOAAWeather and All Hazards Radio or through a local news source. For more information, visit the TURN AROUND, DON’T DROWN Website at:

Anne Arundel County Fire Department
8501 Veterans Highway
Millersville, MD 21108

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 410-222-8200

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