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Posted on: August 3, 2020

Preparing for the Potential Impacts of Tropical Storm Isaias

With Tropical Storm Isaias approaching our region, a Flash Flood Watch is in effect for The City of Frederick today through Tuesday evening. The City of Frederick is taking necessary preparations as the storm could bring flooding and high winds into the Frederick area. 

The Department of Public Works asks citizens and business owners to take additional steps now to protect themselves and their property. These steps include securing any outside items, clearing leaves and debris from storm drain intakes near homes and businesses, and checking periodically to ensure drain intake areas remain clear. In events of heavy rains and high water accumulation, home and business owners should also:

  • Listen to local officials for updates and instructions. Citizens are highly encouraged to sign up for Alert Frederick County to receive weather alerts at FrederickCountyMD.gov/ALERT.
  • Avoid walking or driving through floodwaters. Turn around. Don’t drown. Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down, and fast-moving water can sweep your vehicle away. Also, the water may be electrically charged from underground or downed power lines and may hide dangerous debris or places where the ground has been washed away. Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize flood danger. 
  • Watch out for debris and downed power lines. Trim or remove damaged trees and limbs to keep you and your property safe. 
  • Keep children and pets out of the water. 
  • Secure loose rain gutters and downspouts and clear any clogged areas or debris to prevent water damage to your property. 
  • Remember to keep generators and other alternate power/heat sources outside, at least 20 feet away from windows and doors and protected from moisture; and never try to power the house wiring by plugging a generator into a wall outlet.

In heavy rains, the following City locations are at the greatest flood risk:

  • Rocky Spring Road
  • Gas House Pike
  • North McCain Drive
  • Shookstown Road to Rosemont Ave
  • Waverley Drive
  • North Market St at Routzahn’s Way
  • North Market St at Schifferstadt Blvd
  • Peters Lane
  • Butterfly Lane
  • West Patrick Street
  • Baker Park
  • Carroll Parkway at Frederick High School
  • Fleming Ave and West College Terrace
  • Carrollton Drive
  • Grove Blvd
  • Lindberg Avenue
  • North Bentz at West Church Street
  • West Second Street
  • East Patrick Street between Wisner & Carroll Creek
  • Hamilton Avenue
  • Highland Street
  • Monroe Avenue
  • Pennsylvania Avenue

The City of Frederick appreciates residents taking actions to stay safe during this weather event. To report flooding and other storm impacts, please call 301-600-1160.

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