Impacts after Wednesday night's heavy winds and rain remain widespread around the region, with several roads remaining closed and rivers yet to crest and a wind advisory in effect. In Montgomery County, the flooding required several rescues, and in Laurel, a woman drowned in the high waters.
A body was found floating in the water near Fort Meade and Laurel Race Track roads, in a low-lying wooded area nearthe Patuxent River and Laurel Park race track where homeless people camp overnight, Anne Arundel County police said. A witness told police they had warmed the woman, who has only been identified as an African American woman believed to be homeless, of rising waters earlier Thursday morning before she was found dead.
Laurel Mayor Craig Moe declared a state of emergency and recommended the evacuation of the area between Main Street and the Patuxent River on Thursday morning after the Washington Suburban Sanitation Commission announced it would be releasing water from Brighton Dam in Brookeville and the T. Howard Duckett Dam in Laurel.
At least 10 roads were closed across Howard County because of high water, and another two because of dam release. Harford Road in the Glen Arm area of Baltimore County was closed because of downed trees and electricity wires.
Ellicott City's Main Street was closed Thursday morning, and emergency officials are closely watching the Patapsco River as water levels threaten to rise further, said Howard spokesman David Nitkin. Swift-water rescue teams were at the ready, county officials said.
Downed trees suspended service on the MARC train's Brunswick line, delaying more than 800 passengers for several hours this morning, according to the Maryland Transit Administration. The cleanup effort is expected to affect the evening commute as well, MTA officials said.
Three trains were not scheduled to be operating: Train 875 (4:25 departure from Union Station), Train 879 (5:40 departure from Union Station), and Train 895 (6:40 departure Union Station). MTA officials were adjusting the route and stop schedule for two other trains to accommodate.