Week in Review

July 02, 2006

Anne Arundel

Returning to normal after heavy rains

As heavy rains spawned major flooding throughout the Baltimore-Washington area, Anne Arundel County activated its emergency operations center and braced for the worst.

The storms, which began Sunday night and continued into early Wednesday morning, left thousands without power, mostly due to trees falling on power lines. Officials reported numerous water rescues involving vehicles starting Sunday - one a near-drowning.

Police and fire officials went door to door and reached hundreds of residents in the Brock Bridge area and made reverse 911 calls urging residents to voluntarily evacuate.

An emergency shelter was opened at the Maryland City Fire Department and drew dozens of residents. Amid fears of coastal flooding, merchants near Annapolis' City Dock used sandbags to protect their businesses.

By Wednesday, sunny skies had returned, and the county returned its emergency operations center to normal staffing levels and closed the shelter.

However, at least 16 people were killed in the flooding in the Mid-Atlantic states, according to the Associated Press.

Maryland and A sections, Monday to Friday

Naval Academy

Commandant to go to submarine forces

Capt. Bruce Grooms, the highest-ranking African-American leader in Naval Academy history, will leave the school to serve as deputy director in the Navy's policy office for submarine forces, officials announced Monday.

The details of the assignment, such as when Grooms will leave the academy, have yet to be determined, although Navy officials said it could take from three to nine months.

Since June 2005, Grooms, a 1980 graduate of the Annapolis military college, has filled the role of commandant, the No. 2 position at the school and the equivalent of a dean of students at a civilian institution.

"I am extremely excited to be going to help the submarine force in our submarine warfare division," Grooms said in a telephone interview.

Maryland section, Tuesday

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