Rainstorms in Westminster
Over the past week, the East Coast has been battered by rainstorms, affecting regions all the way from North Carolina to Pennsylvania.
Storms have brought enormous amounts of precipitation to northern Maryland, and it looks like they will continue for quite a while.
According to Weather.com, the storms are unlikely to stop for at least another week and a half.
Even more heavy rain arrived last night, starting at around 5:20 PM, and pouring down for a couple of hours.
This lead to flash flooding in many areas of Carroll County, especially ones with poor drainage or lower elevations.
Starting to see some flash flooding in Carroll County. pic.twitter.com/MwT5tZE7lo
— Megan Gilliland (@MeganReports) July 25, 2018
Flood warning information from Google Public Alerts.
Many people’s commutes were affected by the flash flooding, as some roads were completely covered with water.
@CCTNews is following road closures and other related damage caused by the excessive rainfall and flooding yesterday. About 12 #carrollcounty roads remained closed this morning. @JonKelvey & I will update the story as more information becomes available: https://t.co/FtkaFzsgic
— Alex Mann (@alex_mann10) July 26, 2018
This measure will hopefully help to ensure the safety of Carroll County residents – a number of roads have become impassable due to the large amount of water flowing over them, and driving on such roads can be very dangerous.
There are many things you can do to defend yourself from the dangers presented by flash flooding. Here are just a few from FEMA.
- Do not go near floodwaters. Just 6 inches of water can knock a person over, and 12 inches can move a vehicle.
- Listen to emergency alerts from the government to stay up-to-date about flood conditions.
- Have an evacuation plan in case you need to escape from floodwaters.
- Don’t use bridges, especially if they are near moving water.
- Have emergency supplies ready in case you cannot leave your home – this includes batteries, food, water, and anything else you might need when staying indoors for an extended period of time.
Visit Ready.gov to learn more about safety during flash floods. Stay safe Westminster!