Heavy Rain Closes Roads, Sets Records Across Maryland

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A bridge on South Springfield Road in Brandywine was washed out in Tuesday's storm. The road is closed. (Credit: Cam Thompson/All-News 99.1)

A bridge on South Springfield Road in Brandywine was washed out in Tuesday’s storm. The road is closed. (Credit: Cam Thompson/All-News 99.1)

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UPDATED: Aug. 13, 2014 6:22 p.m.

LANHAM, Md. (WNEW/AP) — Not since 1933 has Baltimore recorded a rainfall that matched Tuesday’s deluge.

Meteorologist Jason Elliott with the National Weather Service said that the 6.3 inches recorded at Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport is the highest total recorded for the city in a single day since a 1933 hurricane that measured 7.6 inches.

Tuesday’s rainfall also marks the second-highest total since measurements were first taken in 1871.

And some areas received even higher totals. The weather service reported 10.3 inches of rainfall in Green Haven in Anne Arundel County.

The rainfall caused flash flooding Tuesday that necessitated several water rescues around the state and caused flooding in low-lying areas in Annapolis and elsewhere.

In Glen Burnie in Anne Arundel County, there are multiple reports that a sinkhole on Marley Neck Road has made the street impassable.

The Maryland State Highway Administration says a section of Route 648 between Catherine Avenue and Old Baltimore Annapolis Boulevard remains closed due to a roadway washout at Old Mill Road.

The good news, Elliott said, is that the heaviest rain occurred in areas close to the Chesapeake, where rivers can more easily drain into the bay.

Elliott said that by Wednesday morning, all but one river in the Baltimore-Washington area — the Western Branch of the Patuxent River in Prince George’s County — had receded below flood stage, and the Western Branch was on its way to doing so.

Several roads in Prince George’s County remain closed Wednesday after the heavy rainfall damaged some portions of the roadway.

A small bridge on South Springfield Road in Brandywine was completely washed out Tuesday, leaving a gaping hole in the middle of the road. Prince George’s County Police have closed the road and it will remain closed for the “foreseeable future.”

Residents started filming the damage while water rushed through part of the damaged roadway.

Elsewhere in the county, police have closed a portion of Brandywine Road, and Surratts Road at Frank Tippett Road in Cheltenham due to high water damage.



A Boil Water Advisory has been issued by the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission for customers in a section of southern Prince George’s County.

The advisory is due to a water main that broke Tuesday night. Tuesday’s rain and the darkness overnight have hampered the search to locate it, officials say.

Road Closed in Brandywine After Road Collapses

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