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County Executive Owens Partially Activates Emergency Operation Center

Storm Surge of 2-4’ Expected by High Tide Tuesday Morning - Residents and Businesses should be prepared

Annapolis, MD (June 26, 2006) - Anne Arundel County Executive Janet S. Owens announced the Anne Arundel County EOC will be partially staffed beginning at 12:01 Tuesday morning, June 27th.

“We are being proactive to ensure the safety of area residents, and will monitor the storm and rainfall amounts hourly,” said County Executive Owens. “We are prepared to enhance our Fire Department staffing, along with the Swift Water Rescue Team to help with possible evacuation for residents in low-lying or flood prone areas.

The Mobile Command and Communication Unit will be deployed to provide necessary voice and video information to the EOC.

Forecasts for Anne Arundel County indicate that, in addition to the heavy rainfall and flooding already occurring today, up to 8 more inches of rain, sustained winds of up to 25 mph and possibly 2 - 4 feet of storm surge can be expected over the next 36 hours.  Of particular concern is the storm surge, which is expected as early as high tide on Tuesday morning begining at 6:42 a.m.  in Shady Side, 6:55 a.m. at Greenbury Point and 8:27 a.m. in the Magothy River.  Models indicate that, under these conditions, flooding could reach as far inland as 50-100 feet along all coastal areas in Anne Arundel County, including the City of Annapolis.

The Office of Emergency Management will coordinate all emergency and relief efforts if they become necessary; however, residents and businesses should take precautions now to be prepared for potential flooding and wind damage which could include power outages and fallen trees.

Basic household emergency supplies should include a gallon of water per person per day,  and a battery operated flashlight and radio.  In the event of power outages, a battery operated radio may be the only means of receiving information.

For further information on emergency preparedness, refer to the “Guide to Emergency Preparedness” listed below.

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High water conditions do still exist at this time on several county roads. Motorists are still advised to obey all closed road signs. Flooded roads and downed-trees should be reported to the Department of Public Works at (410) 222-6120.  

For further assistance by phone, contact the Office of Emergency Management at (410) 222-8040.  

Further updates will be provided as information becomes available overnight and tomorrow morning.  

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