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Thursday, September 8, 2011

NWS - FLASH FLOOD EMERGENCY for County

The Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department continues to respond to numerous water and flood related incidents.  Nearly 2 dozen people have been rescued or assisted by firefighters and the Departments Swift Water Team.  There have been no injuries reported at any of our incidents.

Heavy rain continues to fall with one first responder stating, "We will be en route, however, we can only see 2 feet ahead of us because it is raining so hard."

A short time ago, The National Weather Service issued a FLASH FLOOD EMERGENCy.

Due to the weather and unsafe road conditions the Fire/EMS Department will be dispatching a "reduced assignment on all calls for service.
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN STERLING VIRGINIA HAS ISSUED A 
 
* FLASH FLOOD EMERGENCY FOR... 
 
ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY IN CENTRAL MARYLAND... 
EASTERN PRINCE GEORGES COUNTY IN CENTRAL MARYLAND... 
NORTHWESTERN CALVERT COUNTY IN SOUTHERN MARYLAND... 
EASTERN CHARLES COUNTY IN SOUTHERN MARYLAND... 
NORTHWESTERN ST. MARYS COUNTY IN SOUTHERN MARYLAND... 
 
* UNTIL 445 AM EDT 
 
* AT 1236 AM EDT...LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS IN PRINCE GEORGES 
AND CHARLES COUNTY REPORTED SIGNIFICANT FLASH FLOODING...WITH 
NUMEROUS HIGH WATER RESCUES ONGOING PARTICULARLY IN THE WALDORF AND 
BRANDYWINE AREAS. THIS IS A VERY DANGEROUS SITUATION! 
 
* SOME LOCATIONS THAT WILL CONTINUE TO BE AFFECTED BY THE HEAVY 
RAIN   INCLUDE BOWIE...CLINTON...CROFTON...FORT MEADE...GLEN 
BURNIE...GREEN HAVEN...KETTERING...LA PLATA...LARGO...MARLTON... 
MILLERSVILLE...MITCHELLVILLE...ODENTON...PASADENA...SEVERN...SEVERNA 
PARK...SOUTH GATE...ST. CHARLES...UPPER MARLBORO...WALDORF... 
WOODMORE AND RIVERIA BEACH.

RADAR ESTIMATES AND SURFACE OBSERVATIONS INDICATE 3 TO 5 INCHES OF RAIN HAS FALLEN IN THE LAST 3 HOURS ON ALREADY SATURATED GROUND...IN A BAND FROM LA PLATA AND WALDORF TO UPPER MARLBORO AND BOWIE...TO CROFTON AND MILLERSVILLE. WITH RAINFALL RATES OF 2 TO 3 INCHES PER HOUR STILL OCCURRING...ADDITIONAL RAIN AMOUNTS OF 3 TO 5 INCHES ARE POSSIBLE. BE ESPECIALLY CAUTIOUS AT NIGHT WHEN IT IS HARDER TO RECOGNIZE THE DANGERS OF FLOODING. IF FLASH FLOODING IS OBSERVED ACT QUICKLY. MOVE UP TO HIGHER GROUND TO ESCAPE FLOOD WATERS. DO NOT STAY IN AREAS SUBJECT TO FLOODING WHEN WATER BEGINS RISING. MOST FLOOD DEATHS OCCUR IN AUTOMOBILES. STAY OFF THE ROADS UNLESS IT IS AN EMERGENCY! NEVER DRIVE YOUR VEHICLE INTO AREAS WHERE THE WATER COVERS THE ROADWAY. FLOOD WATERS ARE USUALLY DEEPER THAN THEY APPEAR. JUST ONE FOOT OF FLOWING WATER IS POWERFUL ENOUGH TO SWEEP VEHICLES OFF THE ROAD. WHEN ENCOUNTERING FLOODED ROADS MAKE THE SMART CHOICE...TURN AROUND...DONT DROWN.

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