Damaged roads, downed trees in, near Carroll due to saturating rain

Damage from flooding is seen on River Road in Sykesville.
Damage from flooding is seen on River Road in Sykesville. (Jerry Jackson / Baltimore Sun)

Rain throughout the region has left roads damaged and trees down in Carroll County.

Greg Lotz, chief of the Carroll County Bureau of Roads, said they’ve had to touch up gravel roads in the county after the nearly constant rains of the past 10 days, and had Henryton Road closed Sunday night for almost four hours after a tree fell.


And just outside of Carroll, in Howard County, River Road between Md. 350 and Md. 567, near Sykesville, washed out, Howard County spokesman Mark Miller said via email. Howard County crews were on scene Monday morning assessing the damage, according to a Facebook post from the county.

“It’s been a constant battle,” Lotz said of trying to keep up with the damage from the rain the last few weeks.

They continue to see roads washed out, trees down and also loose mud being carried away because of recently plowed fields.

“Anytime we have that much rain, a lot of the soils, they get so saturated that they can’t hold the trees up,” he said.

Luckily, he said, there hasn’t been as much wind with the recent rain, which helps.

Andrew Snyder, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said while rain totals have varied from location to location because of localized thunderstorms and concentrated areas of rain, there has been an overall higher amount of precipitation.

“Certainly it’s been an above-normal period for rainfall,” he said.

On the whole, he added, rainfall has been above average since about the middle of May.

Throughout the last few weeks, weather fronts have been stalling across the region resulting in multiple rounds of rain and thunderstorms, Snyder said. But more recently, he said, a lot of moisture has been coming from the Gulf of Mexico and a slow-moving, low-pressure system has been bringing rain and thunderstorms almost daily.

About 4.58 inches of rain fell in Eldersburg Sunday, 2.5 inches fell in Sykesville, 1.43 inches fell in Gamber and around 1 inch fell in Westminster, Snyder said.

Since May 27, the Eldersburg area has seen just over 8 inches of rain, Gamber has seen 3.55 inches and Taneytown has seen about 2.46 inches, he added.

“The southern part of the county has definitely received a lot more rain than the northern part,” he said.

The good news is, Snyder said, this week is looking a little drier. There’s a chance of a few showers Tuesday afternoon and evening, but they’re not expected to be heavy, he added.

Rain has continued to cause problems around the region over the last few weeks.


Last week, Sykesville saw flooding in at least two businesses. On Tuesday, May 29,The Vine on Main and Baldwin’s Station were continuing cleanup after the Sunday, May 27 rainstorm.

The flooding last weekend also caused extensive damage to Ellicott City’s Main Street and left one dead after rains came in the late afternoon on May 27, submerging cars and businesses’ first floors.