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Most Laurel roads reopen as high water eases up

Friday update

Roads in Laurel were mostly clear of water and open for traffic as the rain let up somewhat on Friday, but eight roads remained closed in other parts of Prince George’s County Friday, mostly in Upper Marlboro and Bowie. County officials reported more than 8 inches of rain fell in a 10-hour period Wednesday and Thursday, and flooding has shut down county offices in Upper Marlboro, including the County Administration Building.

“I don’t know of any significant flooding of residences in the area but the roads in Laurel had a lot of rain dumped on them Wednesday afternoon, causing the road closures,” Prince George’s County Fire Department spokesman Mark Brady said. Brady spent much of Thursday morning going door-to-door in an inflatable boat with other officials, advising residents along Marlboro Pike in Upper Marlboro to evacuate.

City officials said most of the roads that flooded in Laurel were on the city’s outskirts, where drainage is not the best and where creeks and rivers are located. Flooded roads included Brock Bridge Road; Contee Road at Mayfair Drive; Route 1 south at Ritz Way; and Sunnyside Avenue, between Edmonston Road and Tucker Street. These roads are now reported as being open.

Laurel City Spokesman James Collins said the city closed Riverfront Park Wednesday morning after the Patuxent River flooded and the park was completely under water.

“The water’s receded today, but now it needs to be cleaned up,” Collins said Thursday. “There’s a lot of mud, dirt and tree limbs that we won’t start cleaning up until the rain ends.”

Floodwaters seeped into a few small vehicles parked at the MARC commuter parking lot at American Legion Post 60 Wednesday, and the lot was closed after commuters picked up their cars. Collins is not sure when the parking lot will reopen.

“Normal-sized vehicles were fine, but a Corvette and a couple of other small vehicles had water in them Wednesday afternoon from the rain that came in and from the runoff from the river,” Collins said.

Collins suggested commuters catching the MARC train try parking on First Street; behind the station; or at the parking lot at the Muirkirk Road station.

Collins said poor drainage from a nearby apartment complex resulted in flooding at the Laurel Police Department’s building on Fifth Street.

“The Police Department had two inches of rain on the bottom level of the building. We had to get the water vacuumed out, which took a couple of hours,” Collins said.

There won’t be any golfing at the Patuxent Greens golf course on Route 197 for a while. The ponds on the course were flooded Thursday, making the golf course resemble one large river. Collins said the flooding is not posing a threat to nearby homeowners and that the city-owned swimming pool on Greenview Drive adjacent to the golf course has not been affected.

This story has been updated.

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