Sunday, April 17, 2011

Potomac Flooding Update, Roads That May Flood & Safety Tips

Due to the rainfall in the last 24 hours and the forecasted rise in the Potomac River level all County residents are urged to be alert and heed all warnings and recommendations from officials.  Flash floods can come without warning and sometimes without weather.

In addition, the Potomac River is extremely dangerous and no one should consider any activity near the banks of the river! 

The Potomac will hit flood stage on Monday and crest at about 11 feet mid to late day Monday.  Current river level at Little Falls Dam – 7.8 feet at 0645 April 17th, with crest at 11 feet during the early evening hours on Monday April 18thPeople living in low laying areas along the Potomac River should ensure they are aware of the rising water level and the impact on access and egress to their homes should they need to evacuate OR have a need for emergency fire, rescue, or police response. 

Fire and Rescue personnel from Fire Stations 31(Darnestown), 30 and 10 (Cabin John/Potomac) will be going to their low flood prone areas and ensure the residents in those areas are aware that they have  less than 24 hours before access will be limited to their areas.  They will also check all boat launching areas - twice a day until Wednesday – to assess any limitations of vehicle access and boat launching for the MCFRS River Rescue Team.

Know areas of concern when the Potomac River reaches or exceeds flood stage include:     
  •             Riley's Lock Road (Seneca Boat Ramp)
  •             Lock 10
  •             Park areas near Swains Lock
  •             Park areas near Pennyfield Lock
  •             Park/Picnic area at Violets Lock
Also please note: List of Roads in Montgomery County Subject to Periodic Flooding
Remember, never drive through a flooded road or bridge. Turn Around - Don’t Drown!  Try an alternate route!  

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