City Public Works Director Matt Lapinsky said Thursday morning no roads were closed or flooded.

"So far, so good – fingers crossed," he said.

The city reported only 0.3 inches of rain at about 9:15 a.m. that morning, although it had already gotten a total of about 4 inches from the storm.

Streams swell


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Flood warnings were in effect in Harford County from 9:09 a.m. until 4 p.m. Thursday with flash flood warnings and watches periodically throughout the day, according to the National Weather Service.

Real time USGS data for several major streams in Harford showed water flow levels late Wednesday that were more than twice and in some cases three times higher than those recorded immediately after Hurricane Irene on Aug. 28. This was particularly true for Deer Creek in the Rocks area of northern Harford and Little Gunpowder Falls on the Harford and Baltimore County line in Fallston.

Harford County government said 16 county roads were closed as of 9:30 a.m. Thursday because of high water.

Water rescues

The heavy rains led to the first rescue after a woman became stranded in her car while driving through Rocks State Park Wednesday night.

Around 8:30 p.m., a Maryland State Police communications operator received a "frantic" 9-1-1 call from a woman who trapped in her vehicle that was becoming submerged after she drove into water flooding across the road, according to a release from state police.

The 49-year-old Pylesville woman drove into water flowing from Deer Creek onto Route 24 at St. Clair Bridge Road when she became stuck, according to the release.

Cpl. Ray Domico of the Bel Air Barrack was posted at Cherry Hill Road and Route 24, about two miles away, because of the road closure when the woman called 9-1-1.

While the communications officer kept the woman calm, Domico quickly went to the area and saw a sinking SUV in swift water. He judged there was little time to wait so he waded into the waist-deep water and helped the woman walk through the water to dry ground, according to the release.

Jarrettsville Volunteer Firefighters also responded to the call, but both Domico and the woman were out of the water by the time they arrived, according to Rich Gardiner, spokesman for Harford County Volunteer Fire and EMS Association.

Neither the woman nor Domico were injured. The vehicle was still in the flood waters Thursday morning, according to state police.

Early Wednesday around 2: 15 a.m., another call went out for a swift water rescue, Gardiner said.

Members of Darlington Volunteer Fire Company and the Technical Rescue and Dive Team were dispatched to Sandy Hook Road and Scarboro Road where they found one person trapped on top of a vehicle in high water along Deer Creek, Gardiner said.

The rescue lasted about 40 minutes.

State police and members of public safety agencies remind drivers to heed blockades blocking flooded roadways, not to drive into high waters and to use extra caution in the ongoing heavy rain.

Roads closed

As of Thursday morning, Carrs Mill Road in Fallston, Route 7 between Route 543 and My Lady Drive in Creswell, Route 24 between Cherry Hill Road and Coen Road in the Rocks area and Route 147 [Harford County] at the Baltimore County Line were all closed because of flooding.

Other closures by the county were reported on Pleasantville Road in Fallston from Route 152 to the Baltimore County line, Greene Road from Route 165 to Baltimore County in Upper Cross Roads and Pocock Road from Route 152 to Baltimore County, all affected the Little Gunpowder flooding.

Sandy Hook Road remained closed from the Deer Creek bridge to Gibson Road and from the bridge to Route 1, and Walters Mill Road was closed from Route 543 to Sandy Hook, according to the county.

Route 1 at Route 136, Route 165 at Route 24 and Route 543 between Route 1 bypass and Route 440, were all experiencing flooding issues, according to the State Highway Administration's website.