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Flooding along City Dock on Saturday caused several street closures. City officials said a myriad of factors, including a stalled coastal storm and high tides, leading to flooding issues.
Flooding along City Dock on Saturday caused several street closures. City officials said a myriad of factors, including a stalled coastal storm and high tides, leading to flooding issues. (Courtesy of Elly Tierney, Annapolis Ward 1 Alderwoman)

A combination of seasonal high tides, a full moon and a tropical storm stalled off the eastern seaboard have caused flooding in downtown Annapolis Saturday, leading city officials to close Spa Creek Bridge and Compromise Street, among other streets, city officials said.

Annapolis City police spokeswoman Amy Miguez said residents should expect the bridge that connects Eastport and downtown to be closed well into the evening as the tides continue to rise, peaking at high tide around 5:30 p.m.

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Drivers may cross into Eastport from Duke of Gloucester Street, Miguez said, but traffic the other direction isn’t allowed to cross due to Compromise being closed. Dock Street is also closed, but it was already partially impeded by the Boat Show festivities.

Flooding of this nature isn’t unusual for this time of year, Miguez said.

The city is aware of the flooding and doing everything possible to mitigate the issue, including installing extra pumps in addition to the three pumps the city installed in May to push the water away from businesses that line City Dock, city spokeswoman Mitchelle Stephenson said.

Businesses were sent a flyer notifying them of the higher than expected tides, emergency numbers to call, among other information to prepare for potential flooding, Stephenson said.

Alderwoman Elly Tierney, D-Ward 1, who was at City Dock Saturday, said police and emergency officials were doing everything they could to help during the flooding.

Subtropical storm Melissa, a combination of a nor’easter and a tropical storm, has been stalled several hundred miles off the eastern seaboard Saturday. The storm’s presence has contributed to coastal flooding in the Chesapeake Bay, Stephenson said.

Stephenson said residents can expect the flooding to ease after high tide Sunday morning.

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