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Harford hit by heavy rains, too, forcing rescues Saturday

Threatening clouds remained over Bel Air Saturday evening following a day of steady rain that dropped 2 to 3 inches on the Harford County area.
Threatening clouds remained over Bel Air Saturday evening following a day of steady rain that dropped 2 to 3 inches on the Harford County area. (DAVID ANDERSON | AEGIS STAFF)

Saturday's storm that drenched the region brought 2 to 3 inches of rain to Harford County, along with several rescues of motorists and multiple road closures because of high water and fallen trees, according to local emergency officials.

"Don't risk your life, or those who have to come out and get you, by crossing unknown waters," Rich Gardiner, spokesperson for the Harford County Volunteer Fire & EMS Association, wrote on the Association's public information page. "Take it seriously. Swift water is a killer."

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Fire companies around the county had to respond to three locations during the day, including the 1900 block of Philadelphia Road in Joppa, Aldino-Stepney Road near Aberdeen and Carrs Mill Road and Vale Road in Fallston, to rescue motorists stranded in high water.

Gardiner said no one was injured during the rescues.

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Andy Doyle, spokesperson for the Joppa-Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company, said the motorist "self extricated," or got out of the vehicle without assistance, in the Joppa incident.

Joppa-Magnolia was alerted at 6:26 p.m., and the scene was between Fashion Way and Edgewood Road, according to Doyle.

The alerts for Fallston and Aberdeen came shortly after the Joppa call.

The scene of the Joppa incident is close to where Philadelphia Road crosses Winters Run. Doyle said that stretch of road would remain closed Saturday night, along with Old Joppa Road between Stans Road and I-95.

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Gardiner listed a number of other road closures on the Association's public information page on Facebook as of 8:30 p.m.

Roads closed for fallen trees included Route 1 at Allibone Road north of Bel Air, the 2700 block of Meadow Tree Drive in White Hall, the intersection of Route 543 and Goat Hill Road between Creswell and Belcamp and the 3300 block of Grier Nursery Road in Street, where one lane is blocked.

Roads closed for high water include Singer Road and Winters Run Road, the 1500 block of Old Joppa Road, Carrs Mill Road at Grafton Shop and Vale Roads, Aldino-Stepney Road near Route 22, the 600 block of Trimble Road near Copenhaver Park in Joppatowne, Route 7 between Bulls Lane and Joppa Farm Road, Route 40 and Joppa Farm Road, Schucks Road near Route 136, Moores Mill Road near Southampton Middle School and the 1800 block of Park Beach Drive near Aberdeen.

The rain had tapered off, but dark clouds could be seen over Bel Air just before sunset.

The National Weather Service issued a flood warning for central Harford County, as well as much of the Baltimore and Washington, D.C. region, through 9:45 p.m.

"We think that the residual floodwaters from the heavier rains earlier today are still going to keep the creeks and streams outside their banks for a while," Jim Lee, a meteorologist with the NWS' Baltimore-Washington forecast office in Sterling, Va., said.

Lee said 2 to 3 inches fell on Harford from Bel Air to the Chesapeake Bay, and about 1 inch fell on areas north of Bel Air.

"The heaviest rainfall was in the southeastern half of the county," he said.

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