Five families flooded out of townhouses in Columbia

Flooding from heavy rains and melting snow forced five families out of their townhouses in the Oakland Mills section of Columbia early Saturday, according to Howard County police. A team of volunteers from the Red Cross of Central Maryland provided 15 adults and children with food, clothing and an overnight stay at a hotel, according to a Linnea Anderson, public relations director for the Red Cross. The homes, in the 9400 block of Indian Camp Road, were without heat, Anderson said. Up to three other homes appeared to have been affected, but their residents were not at home at the time of the flooding.

- Dan Rodricks

Man, 21, shot Saturday at Gilmor Homes complex

On Saturday, Baltimore police sought a suspect in the second nonfatal shooting in less than a week in Gilmor Homes public housing complex in West Baltimore. At 11:35 a.m., a man with a gun approached another man in the 1400 block of Mountmor Court, and opened fire, striking his victim several times, according to police spokesman Donny Moses. The assailant ran away. The 21-year-old victim underwent surgery at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center and was expected to survive, Moses said. No arrests have been made. Last Sunday, also in the Gilmor Homes complex, a man was shot in the leg shortly before 3 p.m. in the 1600 block of Bakbury Court.

- Dan Rodricks

Reagan gates, baggage area closed off by flooding

WASHINGTON - Officials at Reagan National Airport have evacuated part of a gate area and closed off one terminal's baggage area after a problem with a pipe caused flooding.

A spokeswoman for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, Tara Hamilton, said Saturday that flooding was ankle deep in the terminal C baggage claim area. That baggage claim was closed as were about a dozen gates in terminal C, Hamilton said.

The airport has three terminals. Hamilton said it was unclear how many flights were affected, but they were primarily US Airways flights. The flooding started around 3:30 p.m. Saturday, and the water problem was located and the water turned off about two hours later.

Flooding caused by rain and melting snow also closed a road north of the Capital Beltway on Saturday afternoon. U.S. 1 in Beltsville was closed around Ammendale Road.

The National Weather service had issued a flood warning for urban areas and small streams until 2 p.m. Saturday for much of Maryland, and until 2:30 p.m. for parts of Northern Virginia.

- Associated Press

Police say man stabbed at Christmas gathering

Police say a Pennsylvania man who was a guest at a house in Montgomery County was allegedly stabbed and critically wounded there early Christmas Day. Police say Edgar Peralta, 33, of Reading, Pa., was stabbed several times at a Germantown house after an argument broke out between a resident of the house and a guest. Montgomery County police say Peralta was taken to a trauma center. The alleged assailant fled. Police say they are searching for Emerson Arnoldo Chavez Estrada in connection with the stabbing. It was the second reported incident of serious violence in the greater Washington area on Christmas morning since police reported a shooting death at a northwest Washington rowhouse.

- Associated Press

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