Flash Flooding – Ellicott City, Maryland
I was away for the holiday weekend and was prepared to write about that experience, especially in view of the fact I deliberately enjoyed it unplugged. I relished the fact I was completely disconnected from the world for a few days. I was refreshed and looking forward to the tons of e-mails, messages, blog reading, and commenting that awaited me when I returned. That is, until the weather happened…
I returned home and to work on Tuesday as the remnants of Hurricane Lee, now a Tropical Depression, pummeled our area relentlessly with enormous amounts of rain. Yesterday from 11 am to near 1 pm, we were hit with a concentrated pocket of more than 5 inches of rain. The sheer volume of water overwhelmed the saturated ground and storm drain system, turning streets into raging rivers of rainwater.
There was little warning and many cars wound up trapped as they waited, mistakenly in this case, for the bands of rain to subside and the drains to do what they were supposed to do — siphon the storm water off the surfaces of the roadways. That didn’t happen. In fact it seemed as though the storm was stalled directly overhead as the rain poured down in torrents all while the flood waters were rapidly rising. Some motorists took the chance to rush through and made it; others were forced to abandon their cars in the street, to be fetched or towed hours later.
My Company owns and manages a number of buildings in the Historic downtown area, so most of my day was spent with any and all our staff surveying the flooding, dealing with power outages, and a lot of bailing and water removal. The work is not yet done as we’ve gotten more rain overnight and sitting here this morning as I write this, it is still raining.
Well, back to managing the flood waters. I hope everyone remains dry and safe. Someone, please send some sunshine our way!