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.
Residents are urged take the following precautions today:
The Maryland Emergency Management Agency recommends the following during a storm threat:
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.