After rainfall drenched portions of the state this weekend — Carroll included — precipitation is expected to continue through at least Wednesday.
Portions of Carroll saw about 6 inches of rain this weekend, with the highest numbers focused in the northwestern region of the county, Jeremy Geiger, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said.
The western portion of Carroll saw at least 5 inches, and from central to eastern Carroll rainfall totaled between 3 and 4 inches this weekend, he added.
Those totals could increase this week, as rain continues. Carroll has a flash flood watch through Tuesday, Geiger said.
“We’re expecting scattered showers and thunderstorms through Wednesday,” he said.
The flash flood watch is for portions of the state, as well as D.C. and Virginia. The watch is from Noon Monday through late Monday, according to the NWS.
“Multiple rounds of showers and thunderstorms are expected this afternoon into tonight. There is potential for repetitive rounds of precipitation combined with saturated ground and high stream levels from recent rainfall, this precipitation could lead to flash flooding,” according to the NWS. “The risk of flash flooding is expected to persist through Wednesday and the flash flood watch will likely be extended through then. Urban areas, locations along small streams and creeks, and poor drainage areas are most vulnerable to flash flooding.”
Geiger said the region has been “locked in pattern” for the last couple days, with a system sitting in place and causing a lot of moisture and storms to pop up.
Thursday looks like it may be dry, Geiger said, but Friday and Saturday come back with another chance of thunderstorms and showers.
James Cook, the acting chief of the Carroll County Bureau of Roads Operations, said Carroll saw flooding over the weekend, especially along the Frederick County Line at the Monocacy River.
“We always have flooding in those couple areas,” Cook said.
Chris Letnaunchyn, of the county’s Department of Public Works, said as of Monday morning, all roads had been reopened.
Cook did say while there was flooding and road closures, the roads themselves were still in pretty decent shape. But, he said, with impending rain, the flooding is likely to reoccur.
“With this rain coming up, it’s probably going to be another flooding event,” he added.
There are about a half-dozen roads that typically take the brunt of flooding whenever Carroll sees storms. Portions of Baumgardner, Bucher John, Bullfrog, Keysville, Mumma Ford, and Sixes Bridge roads; and Stamers Dam saw closures Sunday due to flooding, according to an email from Carroll County government.
Tank Road was closed in one portion due to a tree in the roadway, and Mineral Hill Road was closed in one portion due to downed trees and wires, according to the email.
Cook said people should be careful with the upcoming rain and possible flooding, and should not try to pass through any closed roads.
“They should not even come close to driving through,” he said, adding, “When [the water] comes up, it comes up strong.”