CRESAPTOWN — UPDATE: U.S. Route 220 from the Cumberland city limits to state Route 956 is closed to traffic due to flooding conditions. Numerous people trapped in vehicles have been rescued by firefighters.
Thunderstorms that moved through the area late Thursday afternoon prompted the National Weather Service to issue a flash flood warning for Allegany and northeast Mineral County until 9:30 p.m.
The Cresaptown and Bowling Green areas appeared to be the hardest hit with residental flooding reported along Louise Drive, Howard Street and Bowling Street. Winchester Road was closed at the intersection of U.S. Route 220 heading toward the Cresaptown school and high water was reported along Route 220 throughout the area.
Cars were reportedly stranded in high water along the roadways in the area, forcing officials to close Route 220 in the Cresaptown, according to Cresaptown fire officials.
Flooding also was reported along Palo Alto Road and state Route 96 in the Stringtown area of southern Bedford County. Water reportedly surrounded several residences forcing the evacuations of residents in trailers along Stringtown Hollow Road.
Bowling Green volunteer firefighters were called to Washington County just after 4 p.m. where flash flooding near the Clear Spring Volunteer Fire Department caused officials to rescue nearly 30 people from homes.
Rapid-moving water flowed over a bridge near the fire department on Big Spring Road. Firefighters had to go into the water to rescue some of the people who were stranded, according to the Hagerstown Herald Mail.
The Interstate 70 ramp at Clear Spring was shut down at 5:45 p.m.