Heavy rains bring road closures in Carroll as Wednesday's forecast gears up for more precipitation

After 3-6 inches of rain fell over the weekend and into Monday and Tuesday, several roads in the northern part of Carroll County were washed out or otherwise impassable Tuesday Morning.

Continued heavy rains Tuesday brought road closures due to downed trees, high waters and washed away roadways, with precipitation expected to continue through Wednesday.

The roads closed were in the northern end of the county, some for many hours, before being re-opened later in the day.


Miller Station Road at the Baltimore County line to Meandering Drive was closed due to being washed out from 4:10 a.m. until 4:15 p.m. Tuesday, while Roller Road at 5293 and Grave Run was closed from 3:52 a.m. until 4:15 p.m for the same reason

Kern Road at 4812 was closed from 2:33 a.m. until 4:20 p.m., due to being washed out, as was Lineboro Road East at 5575 to Shaffer Mill Road, from 11 a.m. until 5:50 p.m.

Shaffer Mill Road at Grave Run closed around 9:35 a.m. for high water, reopened at 10:24 a.m., at 12:45 p.m. was closed again, and re-opened at 2:30 p.m.

Falls Road between 4244 and 4445 was closed for about five hours because of a washed out pipe and Hoffmanville Road at Alesia to Alesia Lineboro was closed for almost three hours due to a downed tree.

The washed-out roads happened after Carroll saw anywhere from 3 to 6 inches of rain over the weekend, and as precipitation continued to pound the region Monday.

“The roads are completely washed out,” Cathy Virtz, an administrative assistant in the Carroll County Bureau of Roads Operations, said Tuesday morning.

Virtz said she didn’t know when the roads would be reopened. James Cook, the acting chief of the Carroll County Bureau of Roads Operations, could not be reached for comment.

A flash flood watch continues in Carroll and surrounding areas until 6 p.m. Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service.

Rain is predicted to continue through Wednesday into the evening. Wednesday’s forecast calls for showers and some thunderstorms that may produce heavy rainfall. High temperatures will be in the upper 70s during the day, with winds 5 to 10 mph.

Thursday will bring dry weather, with partial sun and temperatures in the mid-80s, according to the NWS. A chance of showers and thunderstorms comes back for Friday and the weekend.

With the continued weather, the Maryland Emergency Management Agency is reminding residents to be ready for potential floods. MEMA has been coordinating with weather forecast offices and local emergency managers across the state of Maryland, according to a news release from MEMA.

The NWS has indicated a risk for large amounts of rainfall and flooding risks throughout the state, which could include water over roads, stream and river flooding, and possible damage to buildings, according to the release.

According to MEMA, residents can be prepared by taking the following actions:

  • Never enter an area where water is flowing over a road and you cannot see the pavement.
  • Continue to closely monitor weather forecasts and follow all advice from local officials and emergency managers.
  • Keep communications devices charged during storms so that you will have a way to follow weather forecasts and communicate with your family, friends and neighbors.
  • If a severe thunderstorm or flash flood warning is issued or you are experiencing strong winds, get to a sturdy shelter, and stay indoors and away from windows.
  • If you hear thunder, you are close enough to be struck by a fringe lightning strike. More than 98 percent of lightning casualties are from people outdoors — get indoors or inside your vehicle if possible.
  • Know who to contact in case of a power outage and report power outages to your utilities provider.
  • Document any damages to your home, property or business and provide this information to your insurance company.

Additional information on preparedness can be found at