Flooding Threat Continues Today | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Flooding Threat Continues Today

Officials in Md. warn people to heed high water warnings

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

 

NPR

Comedian Andrea Martin: 'I Don't Think Age Has Anything To Do With It'

Now in her late 60s, Martin says she's still "excited and enthusiastic" about her work and doesn't have any intention of retiring. She published a memoir in September called Lady Parts.
NPR

Nutmeg Spice Has A Secret Story That Isn't So Nice

Nutmeg is a feel-good holiday spice. But it once caused serious bloodshed and may have even been a reason the Dutch were willing to part with Manhattan in the 1600s.
WAMU 88.5

Special Prosecutors Should Handle Civilian Shootings By Police, Holmes Norton Says

Norton says mayors and governors could stem anger over civilian shootings by police by appointing special prosecutors to handle them.
NPR

Facebook Finds That Not All Users Want To Review Their Year

The social media giant's "Year in Review" app has upset some who prefer to forget 2014's unpleasant memories.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.