HAGERSTOWN, MD (May 18, 2018) – After additional review of initial damage from the Tuesday evening Flash Flood Event and the subsequent damage from the heavy rains since,
Washington County Division of Emergency Services
have placed a travel restriction on all roadways into and out of southern Washington County. All secondary roads - with the exception of state highways and private roads - have been placed under restricted use. Many of the primary routes into and out of South county areas are not passable to thru traffic. Additionally, the remaining roadways have suffered measurable damage to the shoulder and travel lanes. Large flows of water continue to move across many of these roads. Do not enter flooded roadways. At this point, the landslide rests at the roadway edge, however, it continues to endanger the integrity of the road area as it is not stable.
Unnecessary traffic on any of the affected roads will only delay repair and response to citizens in need of assistance. Nonessential travel is prohibited and will be enforced by local authorities. Only those vehicles with residents who live in the affected areas will be permitted to travel through the restricted area.
More details of damage and restoration will be provided as conditions stabilize and confidence is gained in data collected and analyzed. County officials are working with the State to quantify the damage and secure assistance at the State and Federal level.
Citizens are reminded to continue to utilize our emergency 9-1-1 system should they find themselves or others in an emergency situation.
To best serve the public, Washington County has set up an exclusive contact point for those with citizens with non-life and safety related damage or lack of access to public roadways. The contact information for these service requests are listed below:
Fire and Rescue Volunteers and County Staff have put in long days and nights; more long hours are possible before we are in a dry or stable condition. Please support your local Volunteers and County staff as they seek to provide safety for all Citizens affected by this powerful display of nature. The infrastructure damaged was not built overnight and it will take time to replace it. Nonetheless, staff will continue to work diligently in the best interest of the County and safety of its citizens to restore essential infrastructure.