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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Roadways Known to Flood During Heavy Rains

MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E. Brady, Chief spokesperson, 240-508-7930

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Roadways Known to Flood During Heavy Rains

Areas and roadways in Prince George's County that are prone to flash flooding include:

Brock Bridge Road near Laurel-Bowie Road (RT 197) Laurel

Areas along Route 1 and Main Street in Laurel

Baltimore Ave and Ammendale Road in Beltsville

Sunnyside Avenue between Rhode Island Ave and Edmonston Rd in Beltsville

Piney Branch Rd and New Hampshire in Adelphi

Portions of Riverdale Road in Riverdale Park

Governors Bridge Road at Anne Arundel/Prince George's County border.  Road is currently closed for bridge work (unrelated to this storm)

Water Street in Upper Marlboro

Marlboro Pike and Largo Rd in Upper Marlboro

Livingston Road and Oxon Hill Road in Ft Washington

Livingston Road and Palmer Road in Fort Washington

These roads should be avoided during periods of heavy rain and heed any signage posted.  Any and all roads could suddenly become overwhelmed by flooding waters. Do not drive through standing or swift moving water.
Flood Facts...

Flash floods occur within a few minutes or hours of excessive rainfall or a dam failure. Flooding is a longer-term event and may last a week or more.

Most flash flooding is caused by (1) slow-moving thunderstorms, (2) thunder-storms repeatedly moving over the same area or (3) heavy rains from hurricanes and tropical storms.

Flash floods can roll boulders, tear out trees, and destroy buildings and bridges.

Densely populated areas have a high risk for flash floods. The construction of buildings, highways, driveways, and parking lots increases runoff by reducing the amount of rain absorbed by the ground.

Water can erode the roadbed creating unsafe driving conditions.

Many flash floods occur at night when flooded roads are hard to see.

2 feet of water will float your car, truck or SUV!!! 6 inches of fast-moving floodwater can knock you off your feet.

Nearly half of all flash flood fatalities are auto related. If your car stalls, leave it and seek higher ground, if you can do so safely.

Underpasses can fill rapidly with water, while the adjacent roadway remains clear. Driving into a flooded underpass can quickly put you in 5-6 feet of water.

Flood Safety Tips...

Never try to walk, swim, or drive through swift-moving floodwater. Remember, 2 feet of water will float your vehicle and 6 inches of fast moving floodwater can knock you off your feet. 

If you come upon floodwaters, STOP, TURN AROUND AND GO ANOTHER WAY!! 

Do not attempt to drive through a flooded road.

CANCELLED - Thursday 11:00 am Press Conference

A Press Conference that had been scheduled for Thursday, May 1, 2014, at 11:00 am has been cancelled.  Fire Chief Marc Bashoor regrets to cancel this event, however, with the increasing potential for flooding and hazardous conditions he felt it was in the best interest of safety for everyone involved to cancel the event.

We will continue to post our Safety First Day of the Month of May reminders which will include remarks prepared by Fire Chief Bashoor.  The Chief was to announce our current low fire fatality rate, recent success stories of working smoke alarms and the programs instituted that have helped us to achieve these goals.

Firefighters were prepared to go door-to-door throughout communities checking smoke alarms and providing fire safety information.  They will re-schedule the door-to-door campaign for next Wednesday, May 7.


MEDIA ADVISORY - PRESS CONFERENCE - Safety Measures and Smoke Alarms

MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E. Brady, 240-508-7930
mebrady@co.pg.md.us     Twitter: @PGFDPIO

In 2013, The Prince George’s County Fire/Emergency Medical Services Department witnessed an alarming rise in the number of residential fires that resulted in fire fatalities, recording 13 residential fire fatalities, compared to single-digits in the previous year. 

Seeking to improve public awareness of this challenge in order to reverse this trend, Fire Chief Marc S. Bashoor introduced a series of new public awareness initiatives to keep homes and families safe in Prince George’s County. 

To date, the results have been dramatic.  Prince George’s County has witnessed a marked increase in the number of incidents where residents have been awakened and alerted to a fire by the sound of a working smoke alarm.  As a result, the County is currently on pace to record one of its lowest annual residential fatality rates in years.

Thursday, May 1, 2014, marks our “Safety first Day of the Month” - Just one of the many “Safety First” programs to assure, Everyone Goes Home”.

The men and women of the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department will begin the day by participating in a Press Conference with Fire Chief Bashoor.  Staff will then depart to conduct a door-to-door campaign to check smoke alarms.  Firefighters will install a 10-year smoke alarm in any home that lacks the valuable protection of a working smoke alarm.

A representative from KIDDE Safety Products will also be on hand to discuss the 10-year smoke and CO alarm technology and why these new alarms will save lives.

WHAT: Press Conference – Safety Measures and Smoke Alarms

WHEN: Thursday, May 1, 2014, 11:00 am

WHERE: Capitol Heights Fire/EMS Station #805, 6061 Central Avenue, Capitol Heights

WHO:     Fire Chief Marc S. Bashoor, Command Staff, Firefighter/Paramedics, rep from KIDDE