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Annapolis Officials Monitor Water Level at Dam; Warn of Possible Street and Bridge Closures

Heavy rains expected in the Annapolis area have officials warning of possible bridge and street closures.

Heavy rains expected in the Annapolis area have officials warning of possible bridge and street closures. File|Patch
Heavy rains expected in the Annapolis area have officials warning of possible bridge and street closures. File|Patch
From a news release:

Annapolis officials are warning residents that Eastport Bridge and some city streets may close as heavy rains continue to boost flooding chances in the area. 

Officials are also monitoring the water level at Annapolis Dam, which is about a foot and a half below the level that would prompt downstream evacuations.

A Coastal Flood Warning in the area has been extended until midnight, and a Coastal Flood Watch is in effect through Thursday morning, according to the National Weather Service.

Due to additional heavy rain in the forecast, flooding may occur at City Dock again Wednesday night and Thursday morning. The city may need to close the Eastport Bridge, Compromise, Dock and Newman Streets.

If the roads are closed, the city will have signs posted across the area warning drivers about detours and road closures. Anyone who uses Compromise Street to access downtown Annapolis needs to be prepared to use an alternative route during high tides. 

Find a city map of road closures online.

High tide at City Dock will be Wednesday at 6:58 p.m. and will occur again on Thursday at 7:34 a.m.

All updated information will be available at www.annapolis.gov.

Public works crews continue to monitor the Annapolis Dam. At 2:25 p.m.Wednesday, levels were at 23.68, remaining below notification stage. Stage 1 notification is required at a water elevation of 24 feet; Stage 2 notification is at 24.5 feet; and Stage 3 notification, together with evacuation of downstream properties, is at 25 feet.    

This afternoon, showers and a possible thunderstorm are in the forecast with some of the storms producing heavy rainfall. Winds are expected around 21 mph, with gusts as high as 31 mph. New rainfall amounts are expected to be between a half and three quarters of an inch.

Tonight, showers and thunderstorms are expected to end around 2 a.m.  Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Wind gusts could be as high as 31 mph. An additional 1-2 inches of rain is possible overnight into Thursday morning. 

Please be advised that standing water may create hazardous driving conditions. Drivers should remain alert and allow extra time for travel.

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