Baltimore County's Emergency Management Operation is reporting that as of Tuesday morning, low-lying coastal areas of Baltimore County's east side are experiencing flooding as a result of tidal surge and the 8 a.m. high tide, all remnants of Hurricane Sandy.
In addition, officials were reporting a number of roads that are affected by storm damage; and the county announced that Dumpsters would be available at fire stations for residents to dispose of branches and other debris.
Officials said flooding in these east side communities reflects a 1- to 3-foot surge — a level that officials had predicted. The affected areas are mostly waterfront homes and roads closest to the water.
On the county's website, the emergency management office reported that, "We expect the waters to recede through the afternoon, but to rise again in the most vulnerable areas at the next high tide, about 9 p.m. tonight.
No rescues or evacuations were reported, and officials said firefighters earlier this morning went door-to-door in Dundalk's Turner Station and Water's Edge, offering to help people who wanted to move to higher ground. Twenty-eight people asked for help getting to the Eastern Technical High shelter; fire crews transported them in Fire Department vehicles.
About 50 people and seven pets were housed at Eastern Tech High at 8 a.m.
The county was reporting dozens of roads that have been affected by the storm due to fallen trees, wires down and flooded roadways. High winds will likely contribute to this situation throughout the morning. Some of these may have been resolved as of late morning, but the earlier reports indicated trouble or closures at:
As of 6:48 a.m., Oct. 30:
Orems Road and Golden Ring Road
1400 block of Shore Road
Pulaski Highway and Jones Road
600 block of Wilson Point Road
As of 3:31 a.m., Oct. 30
Cromwell Bridge Road between Satyr Hill Road and Cromwell Bridge Road
Rossville Boulevard and Square Ridge Road
Beaver Dam Road and Ivy Hill Court
Red Lion Road and Stevens Road
Norman Avenue and Seminary Avenue
Ebenezer Road and Vincent Farm Road
West Seminary Avenue between York Road and Bellona Avenue