Thursday, January 31, 2013
Heavy rainfall overnight on Wednesday soaked Howard County.
A rain storm that poured down on the county overnight on Wednesday caused flooding, road closures and downed trees. The storm swept through Maryland leaving approximately two inches of rainfall in an 18-hour period, according to National Weather Service (NWS) data. On Main Street in Historic Ellicott City, the Patapsco River rose so high it nearly reached the bridge that leads into Catonsville. Officials closed Main Street in the morning due to flooding and some businesses were dealing with the after-effects. Phoenix Emporium, Great Panes and Discoveries were just some of the Main Street businesses that said they experienced flooding due to the storm. “You get used to it,” said Len Berkowitz, owner of Great Panes, who was cleaning up …
The following roads are closed due to flooding, according to the Howard County Police.
Updated Jan. 31 at 3:15 p.m. Main Street in Ellicott City has been reopened, but many roads in Howard County are still closed due to flooding. According to the Howard County Police Department, the following roads also are closed after last night’s heavy rains: • 565 River Road • West Friendship Road • Hipsley Mill at the Montgomery County Line • River Road between Rockburn and Lawyers Hill • Race Road at Furnace Avenue • Route 1 Southbound at the Prince George's County line (the Prince George's County side is closed). • River Road and Levering Avenue at the Thomas Viaduct at the railroad tracks. These roads also are closed due to a dam release: • Mink Hollow at the Montgomery County Line • Haviland Mill at the Montgomery County…
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Baltimore County fire crews had to rescue some of their own out of the Patapsco River at Frederick and River roads, after a boat they were in capsized in the river. Six firefighters were rescued, including one stranded in a tree surrounded by water, according to Det. Cathleen Batton with the Baltimore County Police Department. Four firefighters were from the Arbutus Volunteer Fire Company Swiftwater Rescue Team and two were career firefighters from the Texas Station Swiftwater Rescue Team.
Thursday, September 1, 2011
Safeguards to protect pumping stations from sewage overflow failed to prevent 12 stations from dumping into the Patapsco River, a public works official says.
Baltimore County’s 12 sewage pumping stations that overflowed this week had safeguards in place, but debris from Hurricane Irene prevented them from working, officials said. “Redundancy wasn’t enough,” said Baltimore County Public Works spokesman Dave Fidler. The overflow from a ruptured 54-inch pipe near the Patapsco Sewage Pumping Station in Baltimore Highlands, which started on Sunday, Aug. 28, is causing 16.5 million gallons a day to flow into the Patapsco River. Two pumping stations in Owings Mills also overflowed. Each of the 12 pumping stations that overflowed was either connected to two sources of electricity, had a generator on site or had a generator on call for the site. “The hurricane cut off the electricity, and in a number of…