Patients who had been removed from nursing care and senior citizen apartments in Havre de Grace were in the process of being returned to the city, Ayers said.
"They're already back in The Graw," Ayers said. The Graw is a high-rise senior citizen apartment building along the waterfront. Some 160 nursing home patients at Citizens Care Center were evacuated Thursday to other nursing home facilities in the region.
Public works crews were clearing the parks that had been closed due to flooding and the city was working to get back to normal.
Isabel 'definitely worse'
For many who visited the Millard E. Tydings Memorial Park in Havre de Grace Saturday morning, the flooding in the parking lot wasn't as bad as they expected.
Debbie Myers, a Belcamp resident who works in Havre de Grace, came out to assess the situation, accompanied by Westminster resident Ron Grove.
The damage from Tropical Storm Isabel, she said, was "definitely worse." The tidal surge from Isabel, in 2003, destroyed most of the Promenade, the city's riverfront boardwalk.
"This is mild compared to the way it flooded in town [then]," Myers said of this week's flooding.
The city government seemed more prepared this time around too, she added. Grove agreed, saying it could have been worse.
"I just think we're fortunate that it wasn't as bad as they anticipated," he said.
Belcamp residents Brian and Kathryn Rosen said had come up to see the flooded parts of Havre de Grace.
They plan to buy a home in city shortly, Brian Rosen said, and don't want to buy in the flood zone.
For this couple, seeing the high tide in the Tydings parking lot was a new experience.
"It's crazy," Kathryn Rosen said. "We haven't seen it like this before."
Promenade Grill owner Dana Caro said he didn't sustain that much water damage. The grill is located at the Municipal Yacht Basin in Tydings Park.
In preparation for the flooding, Caro lifted all of the refrigerators on stands waist high and transported all of the food.
"It's not that bad," he said. "I was prepared for it."
After the Health Department inspection on Monday, Caro, who has operated the Grill for seven years, said business will be back to normal starting Tuesday.
"When you own a business or piece of property on the water," he added, "you have to be prepared for this stuff. It's not a mystery."
Boat owner Herbert Guidice, of Aberdeen, was prepared for the storm and incoming flooding as well.