Anne Arundel County

Anne Arundel County firefighters rescue three after storm

Anne Arundel County firefighters rescued three people from vehicles stuck in high water Sunday morning after rains that flooded Ellicott City and North Baltimore swept into the area.

The fire department responded to four water rescue calls, two of which resulted in three people being rescued from cars that had become disabled in high water. The other two drivers were able to free themselves or restart their vehicles and make it through the water, said department spokesman Capt. Russ Davies.


All four incidents were the result of people trying to drive through high water, Davies said. He urged residents to use caution when driving along low-lying roads, even with the storm over.

"People just underestimate how much water is there," he said. "If it rains further to the west ... the water flows down and can flood roads within a 24-hour period."


"Turn around, don't drown," he added.

While Anne Arundel County was not hit as hard as Ellicott City, water flowing down the Patapsco River led to high water in parts of north and west county. The Patapsco River rose 14 feet in an hour-and-a-half, the National Weather Service said.

The first water rescue call came in about 12:30 a.m. Sunday, when a Jeep became trapped in high water near the Patapsco River at North Hammonds Ferry Road in Linthicum, Davies said. Two people were rescued.

At about 2:30 a.m., firefighters responded to a water rescue call at Baltimore Annapolis Boulevard and Nursery Road in Linthicum, also near the Patapsco River. Another vehicle became stuck in high water there at about 4 a.m. Neither driver needed to be rescued, Davies said.

At about 9:30 a.m., one person was rescued after their vehicle became stuck in high water in the 8200 block of Brock Bridge Road in Laurel, near the Little Patuxent River.

None of the three rescued people were injured, Davies said.

The storms dumped 2 inches of rain on the Linthicum area, as well as 1.7 inches and 1.5 inches in Severn and Annapolis, respectively.

The hardest hit area in the state was Ellicott City, which received 6.36 inches of rain in a 24-hour period, most of that coming within two hours.


Flood water eviscerated the historic downtown area and left two people dead. Gov. Larry Hogan declared a state of emergency in the city. Many residents on Sunday were walking through the streets and trying to make sense of what happened.

North Baltimore also flooded, with rising waters moving and stacking cars. People were rescued after being trapped in partially submerged vehicles along Interstate 83 Saturday, Baltimore police said.

The National Weather Service had issued flash flood warnings Saturday for Baltimore City and parts of Baltimore, Anne Arundel, Carroll, Frederick, Howard and Montgomery counties.

In the aftermath of the storm, no Anne Arundel County roads were closed, but Davies urged residents to use caution.

The Baltimore Sun contributed to this report.