Oxford, Bay Hundred brace for flooding
OXFORD — With Hurricane Florence a few hundred miles off the East Coast, residents across the Bay Hundred area have already begun to feel the impacts of the storm.
A Talbot County Department of Emergency Services weather briefing Wednesday noted a southern shift in the storm path, and also recommended residents continue to monitor the storm. The current projection has the storm approaching the coast of North Carolina and South Carolina Thursday and Friday. Winds upwards of 130 mph have been recorded, and could affect that region as early as Thursday morning.
“Remain vigilant and stay up to date with current forecasts as this storm is still over twenty-four hours away from making landfall and could potentially shift tracks again,” Geneva Harrison, Talbot County emergency management coordinator, said. “With a buildup of water in the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay, our region could potentially see mild tidal flooding due to high tides and added rainfall Thursday evening into the weekend.”
Talbot County Department of Emergency Services is monitoring Hurricane Florence and communicating daily with the Maryland
Emergency Management Agency, the Delmarva Emergency Taskforce and the National Weather Service. Residents also can stay up to date on the storm by signing up Talbot Citizen Alert for weather and safety information through www. talbotdes.org.
Another useful source, www.knowyourzonemd. com, lists the potential impact of flooding for towns in the Bay Hundred area.
Coastal flooding specifically has already drowned many bayside roads in Oxford. Tuesday, the westbound lane of Oxford Road was completely submerged near the Oxford Yacht Agency. Culverts along Market Street overflowed near the water.
Oxford’s high tides, which will bring with them the highest chance of flooding, will occur at 7:02 a.m. and 7:50 p.m.
A town commissioners meeting was canceled Tuesday, as the group held a closed session to discuss emergency preparations. Town Administrator Cheryl Lewis said the meeting was to give the commissioners an over view of the emergency procedures.
“Because there are new commissioners, I felt it was good to review the emergency plan,” Lewis said. “If the hurricane did make a turn towards the area, then a declaration of emergency would be made to the town.”
A news release from the Office of the State Fire Marshal also cautioned Marylanders when using alternative light and electrical sources, such as generators or other equipment. The appliances can produce the deadly, odorless gas carbon monoxide, along with risk for electrical shock and fires.
Always use generators outside, and make sure carbon monoxide detectors are working properly. Generators should be in a well ventilated area away from doors, windows and vents. Never refuel generators while they are in use and make sure generators are cool before refueling.
Oxford Beach Wednesday showed little sign of flooding, however, high tides have affected the water level dramatically in the area.
A sign on Market Street Wednesday warns residents of the potential of overflowing culverts. Bay roads on both sides of the peninsula in Oxford have flooded, recently.
Water creeps over the shoulder on Oxford Road’s westbound lane Wednesday.