CRESAPTOWN, Md.— Residents in Cresaptown are busy cleaning up after flash flooding badly damaged several parts of the town. One of the hardest hit buildings was
"It really hit me hard. I actually started crying. I actually cried a whole lot because I was worried about it,” said
Walking through the halls of the academy, it is clear the storm was not just a typical rain shower. Mud and debris quickly filled the school when the creek behind it began to rise.
"Five inches of rainfall in a matter of just a couple hours,” said Dick DeVore, director of Allegany County Emergency Services.
In some places, flood waters reached two to four feet high inside the school. Thankfully, summer break began last week so no one was inside during the flood, but students and faculty say the destruction they witnessed from their homes is shocking.
"Devastating to me because I’ve been here 23 years,” said Rusty Kitzmiller, development director at
Dozens of volunteers showed up Friday at the school to help clean up. They say it is a process that will not be finished any time soon.
And the damage wasn't just in Cresaptown.
Emergency responders said they had to do a handful of water rescues. They’re currently trying to assess the damage to see if they qualify for state assistance.
Despite the chaos and the devastating aftermath, those at
"There’s so many people helping and I’m so thankful for it,” said
To help the