WASHINGTON COUNTY —Antietam and Conococheague Creeks jumped their banks, houses were damaged by the wind, and trees were knocked down as the storm that once was Hurricane Sandy rumbled through the area.
A number of county roads were closed by flooding or downed wires or trees late Monday and early Tuesday. By Tuesday afternoon, county officials said all state routes had been reopened, although some county roads remained closed.
In Sharpsburg, Antietam Creek was at 9.5 feet Tuesday afternoon, according to the Weather Service. Flood stage there is 8 feet.
The Conococheague Creek at Fairview was at 11.7 feet at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday. Flood stage there is 10 feet.
The Clear Spring area showed signs of wind damage Tuesday.
The roof of a mobile home at 13226 St. Paul Road was ripped off and blown into a field across the street. Richard Deneen, 51, who has lived there for 15 years, said that he was home when the roof blew away.
“I heard this big roar, and all of a sudden the roof just lifted off the house,” he said. “We thought maybe a tractor trailer might have hit the place.”
Deneen added that more damage was done to his home after the roof was lifted off.
“About 15 minutes later it blew the windows out of the back of my garage and lifted up the whole garage off the foundation,” he said. “We stayed last night until this morning and tried to drain what water we could, but we’re just fighting a losing battle. It’s just a mess.”
About a mile away, siding was ripped from four houses along the 14000 block of Hicksville Road, just off St. Paul Road, near Clear Spring.
Siding and other debris was laying in the yards and the field across the street from the houses Tuesday.
Susie Albert, 42, of 14226 Hicksville Road, said her husband and two daughters were in the house when the storm hit.
“I was not sure the roof would not come off,” she said. “We leaned up against the countertop and you could feel the wind banging. It was scary.”
Albert said water started to get inside the house upstairs, around the fireplace, and in the basement.
“We have water spots on the ceiling, and the carpet is wet,” she said. “It was like it was raining inside.”
Wendy Haislip, 46, of 14302 Hicksville Road, also had damage to the siding of her house. Both residents lost power, and Haislip brought her two daughters to Albert’s house Tuesday after she also had to deal with the storm Monday night.
“You could hear banging,” she said. “We had to move our vehicles a couple of times to try to prevent some damage.”
Haislip also had a water issue, including a light fixture that she said water got into.