A downpour in mid-May 2018 left stormwater drains overflowing, cars submerged and millions of dollars in damage to local infrastructure. Frederick County experienced a half-foot of rain during the storms.
On the first day of rain, May 15, 911 received more than 300 calls and local fire and rescue services performed more than 60 rescues. Riders of the MARC train heading for Brunswick were stalled on the tracks for hours. The damage to the infrastructure was about $6 million, with an additional $16 million of damage to businesses and residents.
As Wednesday marks the first anniversary of the flooding, Frederick Uncut producers Heather Mongilio and Wyatt Massey review what happened in May 2018 and how the rising waters affected the community.
Clover Hill resident Cynthia Richards welcomed Mongilio into her home and showed how her basement filled with water.
“There was 8 inches of water in every corner of this downstairs,” Richards said. “From the door to the basement to the laundry room into the room in the kitchen we were just standing in, down this little hallway, into this great room over here where my husband’s pool table is and into two full bedrooms with closets on this side.”
Later in the episode, environmental, agriculture and statehouse reporter Samantha Hogan joins to talk about the anniversary story she worked on with city reporter Jeremy Arias.
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