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WEATHER ALERT: Significant Rainfall and River Flooding from Ida

WEATHER ALERT: Significant Rainfall and River Flooding from Ida

HAGERSTOWN, MD (September 1, 2021) – Washington County is beginning to see significant rainfall from the remnants of Ida. The Washington County Office of Emergency Management continues to closely monitor the storm as it is now in Washington County. As mentioned yesterday, reports indicate that water levels along the river and creeks in Washington County will reach flood stage through Saturday, September 4, 2021. 
 
Below is the current projected flooding conditions from the National Weather Service:
 
  • CONOCOCHEAGUE CREEK AT FAIRVIEW – Major Flood Stage – Crest 15.4ft on Thursday 3-4 p.m. (At 15ft Water floods several homes north of Williamsport. Click here for more information about expected flooding in Williamsport.)
 
  • HANCOCK – Minor Flood Stage – Crest 26.7ft on Thursday between 4-5 p.m (At 25ft Water may begin to inundate low points of the CSX Railroad tracks on the West Virginia side of the river due to backwater. Additionally, access to Potomac Airpark may be restricted due to backwater. Water reaches the top of the Hancock boat ramp and begins to spill over into the adjacent parking lot.)
 
  • ANTIETAM CREEK NEAR SHARPSBURG – Minor Flood Stage – Crest 8.8ft on Thursday 4-5 p.m. (At 8ft A low spot on Burnside Bridge Road, on the south end of Antietam National Battlefield, begins to flood. Flooding on the battlefield along the creek is also occurring, flooding some creekside trails and nearby land. A few small monuments near Burnside Bridge become surrounded by water. Fields off Branch Avenue in Sharpsburg begin to flood.)
 
  • DAM 5 – Moderate Flood Stage – Crest 24.5ft on Thursday 4-5 p.m. (At 24ft Water reaches the first floor of the powerhouse at Dam Number Five, with relatively widespread flooding ongoing at River Bend.)
 
  • POTOMAC RIVER SHEPHERDSTOWN – Moderate Flood Stage – Crest 24.2ft on Friday 2-3 a.m. (At 24ft Water begins to cover the parking lot adjacent to the Shepherdstown boat ramp and approaches the lowest point of an adjacent building. Water also reaches the upper parking area of the boat ramp adjacent to Dam Number Four on the West Virginia side of the river.)
 
As a reminder, it is strongly recommended that anyone who lives along rivers and creeks make early decisions as to leaving the area for the duration of the storm so as not to become trapped requiring the use of overtaxed rescue resources.
 
If leaving the area, please remember to take necessary items such as medications, money/credit cards, identification, important paperwork, cellphone, and charger, etc.
 
For more information on how to prepare for potential flooding, please visit https://www.washco-md.net/emergency-management/emerg-prep/flooding/
 
Weather updates will be provided as further information is provided.
 
For additional information, please contact Washington County’s Public Relations and Marketing Department at 240-313-2380 or [email protected].

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