Flood Recovery Updates

Washington County, Maryland

South County Updates - 5/29/2018

Washington County Government has identified four stages of flood recovery and progression:

  • Stage 1: Monitor and rescue - COMPLETED
  • Stage 2: Stabilize and loss prevention - COMPLETED
  • Stage 3: Repair and open - IN PROGRESS
  • Stage 4: Design and replace - IN PROGRESS

South County Road Closures and Plan of Action

  • Back Road - Finalizing and reviewing proposed restoration options, concept plans, and details. Option selected will determine road closure duration.
  • Chestnut Grove Road - Contractor is working onsite. Pavement has been removed. Erosion and sediment control set up at stockpile site. Contractor to switch pump sizes to start dewatering and excavation.
  • Garretts Mills Road - Project was advertised for bis and preparing for pre-bid meeting on 7/11/18. Coordinating with Public Works on traffic calming measures and right of entry agreement for use of abandoned railroad property during bridge closure. Estimated road closure 9-12 months.
  • Harpers Ferry Road - As of June 22, 2018, the road has been reopened.
  • Hoffmaster Road - As of June 21, 2018, the road is passable and has been reopened. Drafting a design-build RFQ for a stream channel and roadway drainage project. Design-build contract anticipated to be advertised in June. Once advertised, anticipating approximately 3months for contracts / design / permitting phase, and 6 months for construction. Estimated road closure for construction 6 months.
  • Sandy Hook Road - As of June 21, 2018, the road has been reopened to traffic. There is a width clearance restriction of 9’-6” through the rockfall wall protection zone which will operate under a one lane stop-yield traffic condition. Access to Sandy Hook Road on the west side will be via Hoffmaster Road.

South County Road Detour Map


Well Testing

The County will waive lab testing fees for bacteria testing for wells in the Flood Effected Areas. Please bring a sample from your well into the Division of Environmental Management main office with proof of residency, and we will run a bacteria test free of charge. For additional questions, please contact Sherry Alidoosti at 240-313-2604.

Bring samples to: Division of Environmental Management, 16232 Elliott Parkway, Williamsport, MD 21795

Disposal of Flood Debris

The County's Solid Waste Department will have dedicated containers at both Kaetzel and Dargan transfer stations. A solid waste permit sticker is not required to dispose of flood debris. Verification of address in flood effected areas will be required and load counts will be recorded. At this time, we cannot accept stone, shale, dirt or other such materials at these locations.

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