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June 13, 2014

County handles more than 300 storm calls

CUMBERLAND — The Allegany County 911 Center handled more than 300 storm-related calls when a series of storms socked the region Thursday evening, creating water emergencies in the Cresaptown and Bowling Green areas and at underpasses in the city at Greene Street and on Kelly Road.

No injuries were reported when flooded roadways made traveling conditions all but impossible through the U.S. Route 220 corridor south of the city.

In Cumberland, the city fire department handled 21 weather-related calls from 7 to 11:30 p.m. when more than two inches of rain fell in the city.

“We had flooding pretty much all over the place — flooding at the underpass at Greene Street and Kelly Road,” said Cumberland Fire Chief Donnie Dunn. “At 7:05 we found a vehicle stuck at Greene Street. We helped one person out and helped two bystanders who were trying to help the motorist. Cumberland Police blocked off the area and the vehicle was towed out later.

“Most of the problems were for flooded basements but there was a tree down on Country Club Road,” said the chief.

Tim Thomas, local observer of the National Weather Service and retired Allegany County 911 dispatcher, measured the 24-hour rainfall until 7 a.m. at 2.21 inches in the city.

“That makes 4.6 inches of rain for the month. Flood stage at Wiley Ford is 17 feet and we were at 8 1/2 feet this morning so there is no problem.

The NWS forecast is for a sunny and dry weekend followed by hot, humid conditions next week with a chance of thunderstorms. “The problem now is that everything is saturated and come Monday we are right back into it,” said Thomas.

Jeffrey Alderton may be contacted at jlalderton@times-news.com.

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