Massive Flooding In Laurel, Hundreds Evacuated

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Significant flooding in Laurel.  (credit: Brad Freitas/@NewsChopperBrad)

Significant flooding in Laurel. (credit: Brad Freitas/@NewsChopperBrad)

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UPDATE: May 1, 2014 1:52 p.m.

LAUREL, Md. (WNEW) — Hundreds of seniors were forced to evacuate an apartment complex and portions of Laurel are completely underwater as massive floods brought about by two days of record-setting rainfall challenged the city Thursday.

More than 200 people were evacuated from the Selborne House senior apartments and taken to a nearby community center to avoid the potentially dangerous conditions.

An evacuation order issued overnight Thursday was lifted as of 8 a.m., according to city officials.

Gallery: City Underwater – Laurel Flooding

The soaking rains caused the Triadelphia and Rocky Gorge reservoirs to swell and WSSC crews released water from the Brighton and T. Howard Duckett dams as a precautionary measure.

Cracks were found in the T. Howard Duckett Dam, but officials say it has stabilized. The dam gates were closed around 8 a.m.

By mid-morning, flood waters had receded enough to unearth a large portion of Route 1 that had become submerged overnight and the major artery through the city has reopened.

Business impacted by the flood are being ordered to remain closed until their location is inspected by city officials. Business owners should call 301-725-5300 x2238 to schedule an inspection.

No injuries have been reported.

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