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Flooding Threat Continues Today

Officials in Md. warn people to heed high water warnings

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 Flooding in Upper Marlboro by the Prince George's County courthouse. The courthouse is closed today for the second day in a row. 
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 Flooding in Upper Marlboro by the Prince George's County courthouse. The courthouse is closed today for the second day in a row. 

Yesterday, rain caused roads to flood and strand drivers, meaning swift water rescue teams from around the region -- but particularly in Maryland -- had to pull several people from their vehicles.

Many roads are still shut in some areas of Prince George's and Montgomery counties, and state officials last night ordered some mandatory evacuations north of Baltimore, as well as some voluntary evacuations. Parts of Route 301 in Southern Maryland are still closed this morning.

Officer Howard Hersh of Montgomery County police says it's easy for drivers to avoid putting themselves in that situation.

"Any water covering the road where you can't see the lines, should indicate to you that you could get stopped, trapped, or swept away," Hersh says. 

Hersh adds this is not the day to be speeding. "Always remember the speed limits are for ideal weather conditions, and these are obviously not ideal weather conditions," he says. 

Flooding was very heavy in Upper Marlboro, forcing Prince George's County officials to close their administration offices and courthouse. Those offices will be closed today as well. Charles County Schools are also closed on a "Code 2" schedule today.

 

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