Lone resident along Broad Creek stays put despite threat of floods

October 30, 2012

The lone occupant in any of the cottages along Broad Creek in northern Harford County refused to leave Monday evening, when county volunteers went door to door to urge any residents to evacuate because of rising waters from Hurricane Sandy, the county government reported shortly before 7 p.m. Monday.

"Members of the Harford County Tactical Rescue Team and Darlington Volunteer Fire Company, with support from National Guard resources, are currently going door-to-door at the cottages along Broad Creek in proximity to Flintville Road, and asking the inhabitants to evacuate the residences if they have not already done so," the county said in a news release issued Monday evening.

"Meters at the earthen dam just upstream have indicated that water levels are currently three feet above the dam," the news release continued. "While there is not a concern for the structural integrity of the dam at this time, the volume of water flowing down Broad Creek has caused concern for the cottages that are located in close proximity to the water."

The volunteers checked 24 houses along the creek and found that only one was occupied and he refused to leave, Robert Thomas, spokesman for Harford County government, said Tuesday.

The dam is downstream from the Broad Creek Boy Scout Reservation, which is not affected, the county said, noting also that "the small Broad Creek dam is not to be confused with the Conowingo Dam."

Broad Creek is a tributary of the Susquehanna River, which flows into the Susquehanna north of Conowingo.

In addition to the door-to-door contact, a Connect CTY telephone message was sent earlier to residences downstream of the small dam, the county said.

"The TRT and Darlington VFC will advise the Emergency Operations Center when they have verified that all of the cottages have been visited and the area has been cleared," the news release concluded.

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