Gov. O'Malley Declares State of Emergency due to Flooding

WHAG NEWS- Governor O’Malley has declared a State of Emergency for Allegany and Washington Counties after flooding.

He signed an order saying the damages in Allegany were primarily in the Cresaptown and Bowling Green communities, where roads were closed because of rushing water and local first responders had to rescue stranded motorists. The damages in Washington County were predominantly in the Clear Spring area, where an overflowing Conococheague Creek had local official telling residents to monitor condition closely in case evacuations were needed.

“Ensuring the safety and security of residents and travelers in these areas is our top priority,” said Governor O’Malley in a statement released on Friday. “This declaration gives us the flexibility we need to examine possible threats, initiate recovery efforts and check for damages to infrastructure and buildings.”

The declaration will allow the state to assist local agencies with recovery efforts and would allow for the assessment of damaged public infrastructure – such as roads, bridges, utility plants and buildings – for possible federal assistance.

“I want to emphasize that this declaration does not mean we will receive assistance from federal programs,” said Ken Mallette in a statement on Friday. He’s executive director of the Maryland Emergency Management Agency. “We will need to wait until the flood waters subside until we can even begin the assessment process. But the executive order is needed to apply for federal help.”

Residents in the two counties who need to report damages or have other storm-related concerns should call 301-777-7111 in Allegany County or 240-313-2380 in Washington County.

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