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Sunday, May 27, 2018

Do NOT get on 695 south in the Catonsville/Arbutus area

Maryland State Police Urges Caution As Portion Of I-695 Outerloop Floods

(PIKESVILLE) — Maryland State Police are warning motorists to proceed with caution as the outerloop of I-695 between I-70 and Washington Boulevard was flooded on Sunday evening.

According to the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration, water levels as of 6 p.m. were at three feet and that the roadway will be impassible for an unknown, but extended period of time until the water level recedes.

The State Highway Administration has units on scene and are contacting additional units to respond at this time.
With the National Weather Service issuing a flash flood warning or watch for much of the state, Maryland State Police are warning motorists to be cautious while driving. Flash floods can come quickly and without warning during times of excessive rainfall. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, it takes just 12 inches of rushing water to strand a small vehicle, while 24 inches of fast flowing water can carry away most vehicles.

Following the simple advice of “Turn Around, Don’t Drown,” could save lives during flash flooding conditions. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than half of flood-related deaths occur when a vehicle is driven into hazardous flood water.

Hogan Declares State of Emergency

I have spoken to Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman and am currently heading to Ellicott City. I have directed Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) to assist in any capacity possible, and numerous other state agencies are providing support. I have declared a State of Emergency.

Ellicott City May Never Be Rebuilt Again

Massive/Devastating Flooding In Ellicott City Right Now!!!

Flash Flood Warning for Baltimore and Howard Counties, MD

The National Weather Service in Sterling Virginia has issued a

* Flash Flood Warning for...
East central Howard County in central Maryland...
Southwestern Baltimore County in northern Maryland...

* Until 730 PM EDT.

* At 425 PM EDT, Doppler radar indicated thunderstorms producing
heavy rain across the area. Two to four inches of rain has fallen
and this will cause creeks and streams to rise rapidly. The Howard
911 Center reported flooding on Main Street in Ellicott City.
Please seek higher ground immediately.

* Some locations that may experience flooding include...
Ellicott City, Catonsville, Woodlawn, Arbutus, Ilchester and Oella.

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DUI Checkpoint In West Ocean City

If you are leaving Ocean City you better be sober if you are driving!!


How going for a walk in the woods can improve your life

Police sirens, traffic lights and mobile phone alerts – city folk are accustomed to hearing and seeing these city sights and sounds.

Sarah Ivens, whose new book Forest Therapy hits the shelves today, tells Healthista how escaping oppressive city life and taking a walk in the woods can benefit our health:

When I was a child, trying to understand my parents’ divorce or forget about bullies in the school playground, I found solace in the green spaces around my London home.

I’d naturally seek peace and quiet, and use free time to explore and create in the nearby forest or by a pond I frequented with my grandmother.

Then as an adult, I shut myself into grey offices, Underground tunnels and smoky bars, staring at my phone.

My green spirit turned into a dull charcoal and I let stress and lethargy get the better of me.

The powerful and of-the-moment movement of shinrin-yoku, or forest bathing as we call it in the UK, began in the 1980s in Japan.

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