Despite Hurricane Florence’s predicted path, Frederick Co. preparing for flooding

FREDERICK CO., Md. - While the latest models for Hurricane Florence means good news for the DMV, county leaders in Maryland are still preparing.

Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner held a press conference on Wednesday morning to warn residents that they can still expect flooding, high winds, and possible power outages over the next few days.

She says the county is preparing for an impact similar to that of Hurricane Agnes.

The biggest concern is getting additional rain on top of what the county has already experienced. Last weekend alone, County Executive Gardner says they had to shut down 53 roads and deal with several sinkholes from prior rain.

"The ground here is clearly already saturated there is no place for the rain to go," says County Executive Gardner. "It’s been a very difficult summer because we’ve had little time to recover and dry out from one storm to the next."

Back in May, the city of Frederick declared a state of emergency due to excessive flooding.

Owner of Vinyl Records on East Patrick Street, Bob Berberich, says it took him five weeks to get back up and running after flood water damaged at least $25,000 worth of merchandise.

"There’s no way I could survive another flood like I’ve had, but if I know it’s coming, I know I can prevent it from being anywhere as bad," he says.

County Executive Gardner says the county is doing pre-storm checks of county facilities to make sure equipment is ready to go, as well as stocking up on supplies and cleaning out pipes.

They have at least 4,000 sandbags on hand as well as stone to make emergency repairs.

The county is encouraging everyone to plan ahead and avoid driving if there is high water on the roadways.

Residents can register to receive emergency information from the ALERT Frederick County notification system here.

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