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Tropical Weather Continues to Impact County

Voluntary Evacuations in the Brockbridge Road Area Urged

Annapolis (June 27, 2006) - County Executive Janet S. Owens is urging residents in the Brockbridge Road area of Anne Arundel County to make preparations now for voluntary evacuations. Those communities include Brockbridge Estates, Parkway Village Mobile Home Park, and individual homes in the low-lying areas of Brockbridge Road. The Office of Emergency Management, in cooperation with WSSC and Maryland State Emergency Management (MEMA) is monitoring flooding potential to this area in particular.

Overnight, the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) opened 7 gates on the T. Howard Duckett Dam also known as Rocky Gorge Dam, located near Brooklyn Bridge Road on the Patuxent River. As a result, approximately 34 people have been evacuated overnight by the Anne Arundel County Fire and Police Departments. A shelter for these residents has been established at the Maryland City Fire Department, Station 27, which has capacity for 200 people.

In addition to the dam release, a coastal flood watch has been issued for all of Anne Arundel County as 3-6" of rain can be expected over the next 12 to 15 hours. Tides are expected to be 2-3 feet above normal with 20 to 30 knot winds. In addition, the National Hurricane Center is closely monitoring the tropical conditions which have the potential of emerging into a tropical storm later today.

Fire and Police personnel will make door-to-door announcements regarding evacuations in the Brockbridge Road area; however, anyone who has questions regarding evacuations should contact the EOC at (410) 222-8040. Residents in the Laurel area who are asked to evacuate should bring with them essential medications, change of clothing, personal hygiene items, and items to occupy young children.

Pets are being accepted at this shelter in cooperation with Animal Control officials. Temporary shelters, food, and bedding have been provided by Animal Control. In the event an animal is skittish in the shelter atmosphere, pet owners will have the option of requesting that Animal Control officials transfer their pet to the Animal Control facility in Millersville for care.

"We are taking a pro-active approach to ensure the safety of County residents by offering voluntary evacuations in the areas of Maryland City and Laurel," said County Executive Janet S. Owens. "I urge residents in the Laurel area to pay particular attention to all public information today. We are monitoring this situation very closely and will deploy Fire and Police personnel to effect evacuations if they become necessary."

Motorists are still advised to avoid roads that have been closed to high water and downed trees. The public is reminded that the Fire Department Swift Water Rescue Team responded to 8 calls for motorists stranded in high water yesterday. 

>> Current list of road closures

Residents are urged take the following precautions today:

  • Review the Anne Arundel County Emergency Preparedness Guide (English Version, Spanish Version and Korean Version)
  • Review FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) preparedness information
  • If you or your children take medication regularly, you should have an extra supply on hand to assure that you or your child will be able to take the medication if you are in a shelter or sheltering at home during an emergency
  • Consider evacuation arrangements for your pets
  • Determine how you would secure or store your boat if it is docked at a private or commercial pier
  • Gather supplies, including a first aid kit, flashlights and extra batteries, battery powered radio and extra batteries, protective clothing and rain wear, canned foods and at least three gallons of water (preferably more). Also, put important family documents in a waterproof container. Make sure that you have some cash on hand in the event that ATMs and/or credit card services are down.
  • Remove dead or diseased branches from trees or shrubs that could break off and become missiles in high winds. Secure lawn furniture and other outdoor items.
  • Prepare to leave right away if local officials advise you to do so. You will need as much time as possible to evacuate, due to higher-than-usual traffic volumes. If you are on a barrier island, or live in a mobile home or boat, you must evacuate well inland.
  • Listen to NOAA Weather Radio, The Weather Channel, Emergency Alert System (EAS) Radio Stations (Primary is WBAL-AM, 1090), and local television broadcasts for the latest information about the storm.
  • Return home after a storm only when local officials advise that it is safe to do so.
  • Use flashlight if power is out. Do not use candles or other open flames indoors. More people have died after recent hurricanes from residential fires caused by candles than from the direct effects of the hurricane itself.
  • Check on neighbors, particularly the elderly and disabled.

The Maryland Emergency Management Agency recommends the following during a storm threat:

  • Stay tuned to radio and TV for official weather information
  • Follow instructions and advice given by emergency officials
  • Close all interior doors - Secure and brace external doors
  • Turn refrigerator to maximum cold setting
  • Turn off utilities if told to do so
  • Fill bathtub and large containers with water

County Executive Owens reminds residents to review their "Guide to Emergency Preparedness." The free guide provides basic information on preparing for a variety of emergency conditions. It includes recommendations on identifying essential supplies for emergencies, handling major power outages, establishing a shelter-in-place plan and disaster planning for pets.

>> Guide to Emergency Preparedness - English Version, Spanish Version and Korean Version

 

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