State of emergency declared in city and county of Frederick as flooding, rain continues

FREDERICK CO. - Flooding and rain has continued in Frederick, Maryland causing the mayor to declare a state emergency.

Frederick Mayor Michael O'Connor issued an executive order Wednesday declaring the state of emergency, to provide resources for residents and businesses who have suffered losses from the rain that has already fallen, as well as for losses in the days ahead.

It may also allow the city to recover some costs through state and federal programs.

The Frederick County Executive, Jan Gardner, made the same announcement on Thursday.

“In spite of the intensity of these storms, we are grateful that there has been no loss of life in our county,” said Gardner. “But we need each citizen and business to play a role in the days ahead. Keep yourself and your families safe and don’t take chances crossing flooded roads.”

County officials said that Tuesday evening alone brought more rain than what caused the Carroll Creek historic flooding in 1976, but in just a five-hour time period. They estimate more than seven inches of rain to parts of the country.

Crews made more than 60 water rescues and received hundreds of calls to 911.

Many county and city-maintained roads remain closed because of flooding, debris or sinkholes, and officials are urging people to avoid traveling if possible.

County officials say the Division of Public Works is clearing debris and opening roads so citizens are not inconvenienced any longer than absolutely necessary for safety reasons.

A list of current road closures can be found at the county website.

Among the many homes and businesses dealing with flood damage is Vinyl Acres on East Patrick Street.

Owner and local music legend, Bob Berberich, estimated at least $20,000 lost in records alone.

"Seeing, a labor of love destroyed, and knowing what it takes to put it back together and knowing that it could happen again, you know I just wanted to give up," he says. "My family convinced me not to."

They started a GoFundMe page to help with repairs.

The City of Frederick is also asking the public to refrain from using water. It is safe to drink, but the wastewater treatment plant is inundated and at risk of additional overflow.

City leaders are asking anyone who experiences a sewer backup to contact the DPW switchboard at 301-600-1440.

Residents are also advised to stay clear of Carroll Creek near the confluence with the Monocacy River until further notice due to potential sewer overflows.