Updated 1 p.m. Main Street and Frederick Road have been reopened
Parts of Main Street and Frederick Road are closed Thursday morning after heavy rains caused the Patapsco River to flood.
Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) officials closed Frederick Road from the Patapsco River to Old Frederick Road, and Main Street to Old Columbia Pike at about 3 a.m.Thursday. According to an SHA official on the scene, the area is on "flood watch" until about 2 p.m.
“Last night was pretty bad,” said Charlie Gischlar, SHA spokesperson, “I haven’t seen it rain like that in a long, long time.”
He said the ground saturation from last week's snow coupled with short bursts of heavy rains made the situation worse. “We’re starting to get trees down,” he said.
“Wherever you go, there’s garbage cans floating in the road and tree branches down.” Drivers, he said, should be extra cautious. “You could get yourself in hot water pretty fast."
SHA closed the road several times temporarily several times Wednesday night, he said; then, “That river just completely went over its banks.” It’s been closed since about 3 a.m.
Check the SHA CHART system online for current road conditions, including closures and collisions.
Earlier this week, County Executive Ken Ulman announced he was proposing $3 million in FY2014 capital budget go toward improvements to the Historic District, including into drainage and stormwater upgrades.
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