Cascade Lake overflows as flooding closed a number of roads in Carroll County on Wednesday, July 25, 2018.
Cascade Lake overflows as flooding closed a number of roads in Carroll County on Wednesday, July 25, 2018. (Courtesy photo)

After multiple days of rain that brought significant rainfall in Carroll County and surrounding areas, Cascade Lake in Hampstead is being drained.

The lake is at its maximum capacity and recent inspection of the dam revealed some damage, according to a news release from the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office.

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With more rain expected, and the current level of the lake and dam condition, immediate action is being taken, according to the release. Plans began to pump down the lake to a safe level, according to the release, where a controlled breach of the dam can be accomplished are in place.

Areas downstream of Cascade Lake along the tributary of the east branch of the Patapsco River should be prepared for large amounts of water flowing downstream while the lake is being pumped down and during the controlled breach, according to the release. Residents of the expected impact area have been and will continue to be notified.

Affected areas include locations south of Cascade Lake including Snydersburg Road, Hampstead Mexico Road and Broadbeck Road, according to the release.

Current closed roads include: Snydersburg Road between Cape Horn Road and Hampstead Mexico Road (Maryland Route 482) due to the emergency condition of the lake. This closure will last until the emergency condition has been addressed, according to the release.

Additional roads may be closed if necessary, according to the release.

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