Maryland Guard Tackles Lee Storm Floods

WASHINGTON, Sept. 9, 2011 — The Mary­land Nation­al Guard has acti­vat­ed 25 sol­diers to assist in the response to heavy flood­ing in parts of the state caused by Trop­i­cal Storm Lee’s heavy rains, accord­ing to offi­cials.

Mary­land Gov. Mar­tin O’Malley last night amend­ed his order for the state of emer­gency declared for Hur­ri­cane Irene to include the flood­ing from Lee. The Guard mem­bers were acti­vat­ed at the request of the state’s Emer­gency Man­age­ment Agency and at the direc­tion of Army Maj. Gen. James A. Adkins, the adju­tant gen­er­al of Mary­land.

“Our sol­diers and air­men are ready and well trained and equipped to respond to a vari­ety of requests, from trans­porta­tion with Humvees, five-ton trucks, heli­copters and oth­er air­craft,” Adkins said. “We have trained with our local first respon­ders and emer­gency ser­vice per­son­nel and have resources to be avail­able across the state.”

The rem­nants of Trop­i­cal Storm Lee deposit­ed a large amount of rain­fall into the Chesa­peake Bay water­shed over the past three days, offi­cials said. Con­se­quent­ly, the ground in some areas has reached sat­u­ra­tion point, with many local rivers and trib­u­taries over­flow­ing their banks. Numer­ous flash floods have been report­ed to date, as has street and road flood­ing in the Wash­ing­ton-Bal­ti­more region.

The dec­la­ra­tion acti­vates the Mary­land Nation­al Guard and allows state emer­gency oper­a­tion cen­ters for local juris­dic­tions to access state resources when the need extends beyond their capa­bil­i­ties.

The Guards­men are on stand­by in des­ig­nat­ed armories across Mary­land and are ready to sup­port local first respon­ders if need­ed. The Guard has so far respond­ed to requests from Cecil, Har­ford and Charles Coun­ties.

Flood­wa­ters are expect­ed to con­tin­ue to rise along the Susque­han­na Riv­er and all areas down­stream of the Conowingo Dam, offi­cials said. Havre d Grace and Port Deposit, as well as Per­ryville, are report­ing flood­ing.

U.S. Depart­ment of Defense
Office of the Assis­tant Sec­re­tary of Defense (Pub­lic Affairs)