Annapolis workers clean up after flooding

Minor detours still in place near City Dock area, worst has passed, officials say

April 17, 2011|By Erica L. Green, The Baltimore Sun

Annapolis emergency officials said Sunday that water was receding after Saturday storms led to flooding that was still causing minor detours around the City Dock area a day later.

According to Kevin Simmons, director of Annapolis' office of emergency management, public works crews began cleaning up debris after flooding levels peaked at 4.6 feet above normal about an hour before high tide at 4:30 a.m. Sunday. On Sunday morning, water levels were about 2.6 feet above normal, he said.

"It kind of caught us off guard because we weren't expecting it to go up before high tide," Simmons said. "But right now, the worst of the flooding has passed."

One of the city's main streets, Compromise Street — which bridges over to the Eastport area — is now passable, Simmons said. He said, however, that one-third of the parking lot at City Dock is flooded and causing detours.

BGE reported that more than 40,000 customers lost electricity during the storms, including about 11,000 each in Baltimore City and County. About 1,000 were still without power Sunday night, most in Carroll County.

Simmons said that given the severity of the storm, the impact on the city was minimal.

"Currently, there are no unmet needs in the city of Annapolis," he said.

The city was operating on a Level 2 for emergency operations on Saturday, meaning all crews were focused on the flooding. The city is now operating on Level 1, which is normal.

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