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Patapsco River cresting banks, flood warnings issued

The rains moving through Maryland have caused the Patapsco River to flood its banks in some areas of Central Maryland between Ellicott City and Elkridge.

Motorists are urged not to drive over flooded roads. Many area rivers easily crested their banks and caused flash floods in parts of Ellicott city today, especially in the surrounding neighborhoods of Route 40 near the little Patuxent River.

See below for the latest update from the National Weather Service as of 5:31 PM today.

From the National Weather Service

…The Flood Warning remains in effect until 930 PM EDT for northern Howard…Baltimore City…Baltimore…Carroll…Harford and Frederick counties…

At 531 PM EDT multiple creeks streams and rivers are above flood stage. These include:

The Monocacy River at Bridgeport and Frederick big Pipe Creek at Bruceville Gunpowder falls at Glencoe White Marsh run at Whitemarsh Beaverdam run at Cockeysville the Patapsco River at Hollofield gwynns falls at Washington Boulevard and Villa Nova

Eastbound Route 29 is closed near Patapsco Park on the border of Howard and Baltimore counties.

* In Baltimore and Harford counties an additional one to two inches of rainfall is possible in this area by 9 PM.

Precautionary/preparedness actions…

A Flood Warning means that flooding is imminent or has been reported. Stream rises will be slow. However…all interested parties should take necessary precautions immediately.

Most flood deaths occur in automobiles. Never drive your vehicle into areas where the water covers the roadway. Flood waters are usually deeper than they appear. Just one foot of flowing water is powerful enough to sweep vehicles off the Road. When encountering flooded roads make the smart choice…turn around…dont drown.

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