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Anne Arundel could spend $3 million on storm repairs

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The Anne Arundel County Department of Public Works said it could cost $3 million to fix road damage caused by Tuesday's heavy rainstorm.

The most badly damaged road in the county was Marley Neck Road near Marcy Drive in Glen Burnie, which will be closed for "an extended period of time," according to public works officials. Crews need to repair a 12-inch water pipe, an 8-inch gravity sewer pipe, a 32-inch force main sewer pipe and other utilities underneath the road.

Other damaged roads could be closed for two to three weeks.

Damaged roads that were closed include the 1300 block of West Nursery Road, the 300 block of Marley Neck Road, Marley Neck Road near Howard Road, the 500 block of New Cut Road, the first block of Boulevard Place, the first block of Lake Front Drive and the 8200 block of Brookwood Road.

Public works officials were also dealing this past week with two major sewage spills caused by the rainfall.

More than 57,000 gallons of sewage spilled from the Cox Creek sewage plant in Pasadena and 43,000 gallons spilled from the Cinder Cove pumping station after an influx of rainwater. As a result, health officials closed Cox Creek in Pasadena and Furnace Creek in Glen Burnie to direct human contact until bacteria counts drop to safe levels.

Health officials always caution people against swimming, wading, skiing and making other direct contact with natural bodies of water for 48 hours after a rainfall of a half-inch or more.

In Annapolis, the city closed one lane at the bottom of Duke of Gloucester Street after a separation was discovered in a stone retaining wall. Officials said late in the week that the right-hand lane and sidewalk will remain closed until the separation can be investigated further. The city wants to minimize stress and vibration on the retaining wall.

State highway officials had closed a section of Waterford Road between Catherine Avenue and Old Baltimore Annapolis Boulevard in the Pasadena area to repair roadway that had been washed out by the rain, but that area was reopened Thursday.

The highest official rainfall total in Anne Arundel on Tuesday was 10.32 inches, recorded in the Green Haven neighborhood near Pasadena, according to the National Weather Service.

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