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A deluge of rainfall floods portions of SoMd, washes out roads

By: David M. Higgins II

Mechanicsville, MD- The Monday after a long holiday weekend went as one would expect; everything went wrong. Not only did we not feel like getting out of bed, and getting ready for work; it was humid and gloomy outside. Sunday night produced some heavy rains, and while it cooled it off briefly, the humidity came back like a rubberband.

The weather for Monday called for rain, at times very heavy. By midday Monday it was just plain torrential. Sever Thunderstorm and Flash Flood Warnings began being put in place. The storm roared through Waldorf and La Plata flooding major intersections and back roads. Just when we thought it could possibly slow down some, it kept rolling straight through St. Mary’s. While not as many roads were closed in St. Mary’s as in Charles, it still caused major flooding throughout the region. Many people on Facebook showed pictures of their yards turned into large ponds or their basements with a foot of water.

People told the usual jokes about needing a raft to get their front door, or if Uber Boats was around. By late afternoon the clouds cleared and the sun came out. While the damage is still being surveyed, we do know that two road in St. Mary’s suffered extensive damage and will be closed for an extended period of time.

In Lexington Park, Spruce Drive between 45780 Spruce Drive and Hollow Lane and in Mechanicsville, Cox Drive between 27020 Cox Drive and Julia Court are expected to be closed through July 19, 2019.

The closures are necessary due to drainage culvert collapses and ensuing pavement damage.

Below we’ve gathered some photos and Facebook posts and video of all the flooding around SoMd. And remember when it floods, TURN AROUND, DON’T DROWN.

David M. Higgins II

David M. Higgins was born in Baltimore and grew up in Southern Maryland. He has had a passion for journalism since high school. After spending many years in the Hospitality Industry he began working in Digital Marketing, eventually leading him back to his passion. David started The Southern Maryland Chronicle in December 2017 and has grown it to become the #1 news source in Southern Maryland.

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