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Flooding, downed trees block several roads in Carroll County after Tropical Depression Ida pass through region

Police and fire personnel block Harney Road at the intersection of Walnut Grove Road near Taneytown after it was covered with floodwaters during heavy rainstorms Wednesday afternoon Sept. 1, 2021.
Police and fire personnel block Harney Road at the intersection of Walnut Grove Road near Taneytown after it was covered with floodwaters during heavy rainstorms Wednesday afternoon Sept. 1, 2021. (Dylan Slagle)

Heavy rains have caused significant flooding and road closures in Carroll County as the remnants of Tropical Depression Ida rolled through Central Maryland on Wednesday afternoon.

Taneytown Mayor Bradley Wantz said Wednesday the town experienced flooding around the city’s southside on Harney Road.

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“We’re having our struggles,” he said.

Wantz added there have been issues with the sewer system that staff is trying to fix and is asking residents for their patience.

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The waters of Piney Creek flood the yard of a home along Harney Road near Taneytown after overflowing its banks during heavy rainstorms associated with Tropical Depression Ida Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021.
The waters of Piney Creek flood the yard of a home along Harney Road near Taneytown after overflowing its banks during heavy rainstorms associated with Tropical Depression Ida Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021. (Dylan Slagle)

More than 20 roads were listed as closed be flooding or downed trees as of 8 p.m. on Wednesday. According to the Carroll County government site, the impacted roads were:

  • Otterdale Mill Road, 1300 block at bridge
  • Naylors Mill Road, near Rt. 77
  • Middleburg Road, at Crouse Mill Road
  • Walnut Grove Road, at Harney Road
  • Silver Run Valley Road, at Army bridge
  • Bear Run Road, at bridge
  • Keysville Frederick Road, at county line
  • N. Stone Road, at Blacks Schoolhouse Road
  • Mayberry Road, at Baumgardner Road
  • Deep Run Road, at Old Hanover Road
  • Keysville Bruceville Road, at Rt. 194
  • Teeter Road, at Kump Station Road
  • Fringer Road, at Rt. 194
  • Sixes Bridge Road, at Keysville Rd. South
  • Roop Road, at Bridge
  • Unger Road, between Mayberry Rd. & Basehores Mill Road
  • Piney Creek Road, at Bridge
  • McKinstry’s Mill Road, at Rt. 75
  • Keysville Road South, at Forest Stream Club Rd.
  • Mumma Ford Road, at Bridge
  • S. Baumgardner Road, at Keysville Road
  • Starners Dam Road, at Baptist Road
  • Bullfrog Road, at Frederick County Line
  • Crouse Mill Road, at Sharrett Road
  • Kump Station Road, at Babylon Road
  • Keysville Road South
  • Watersville Road, 7400 block
  • Frizzellburg Road, near Heather’s Drive

According to the county government, a number of roads that were flooded had already been reopened by early evening Wednesday.

Mayberry Road is inundated by the waters of Bear Branch at the intersection of Baumgartner Road in Mayberry during heavy rainstorms associated with Tropical Depression Ida Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021.
Mayberry Road is inundated by the waters of Bear Branch at the intersection of Baumgartner Road in Mayberry during heavy rainstorms associated with Tropical Depression Ida Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021. (Dylan Slagle)

A flash flood warning was in effect for parts of Harford, Carroll and Frederick counties until 6:30 p.m. Up to 4 inches of rain had fallen in those areas as of 3:30 p.m., and National Weather Service forecasters warned of up to 3 inches more.

Meanwhile, an earlier instituted tornado watch for Baltimore City and Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford and Howard counties was in effect until 7 p.m., according to the weather service.

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Across Maryland, the storm had a significant impact. A tornado swept through the Annapolis area Wednesday afternoon, leaving a trail of damage, as the remnants of Tropical Depression Ida continued to trail across Maryland.

The tornado in Anne Arundel County was confirmed via radar, according to the National Weather Service, which also reported a tornado in Baltimore County. It’s unclear if the tornado confirmed by meteorologists at North Point State Park was the same as the one near Annapolis.

The National Weather Service reported that at least six swift water rescues were needed in Frederick County, where at least 20 roads were closed because of flooding in the northern part of the county.

In anticipation of the storm, Hogan enabled the Maryland Emergency Management Agency to coordinate a statewide response to the storm and fulfill local requests for help.

As of approximately 7 p.m., Baltimore Gas & Electric reported 147 outages as Wednesday, with approximately 6,400 customers impacted.

Baltimore Sun reporter Alex Mann contributed to this article

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