Cascade Lake overflows as flooding closed a number of roads in Carroll County this past week.
Cascade Lake overflows as flooding closed a number of roads in Carroll County this past week. (Courtesy photo)

The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office has announced the emergency at Cascade Lake is getting better, but Snydersburg Road is still closed between Cape Horn Road and Hampstead Mexico Road (Md. 482) due to the emergency condition.

Efforts to mitigate the hazard by pumping water from the lake are ongoing, according to a statement from the office, but the hazard at the dam continues. Officials said this closure will last until the emergency condition has been addressed. Detour routes have been posted.


The road is still closed because “they’re still draining the lake,” Deputy Kevin McGinnis said Saturday evening. “They’re erring on the side of caution.”

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

The county began plans to pump down the lake to a safe level on Thursday after significant rain in the region brought the lake to its maximum capacity and damaged the dam and rainfall Friday did not cause additional issues, according to a statement from the Sheriff’s Office.

Areas downstream of Cascade Lake along the tributary of the east branch of the Patapsco River have seen and should continue to 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.

As for the park at the lake, it will still be open this year, but at a limited capacity.

Cascade Lake “suffered severe structural damage resulting in closure of all lake activities for the 2018 summer season,” Cascade Lake’ voicemail message states. “Cascade’s park and splash pad will remain open for Saturdays and Sundays throughout the season for the reduced park entry fee of $5.”

Updates on the draining of the lake and status of road closures will be posted to the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office’s Facebook page and website as it becomes available.