Salisbury crews respond to flooding areas

Courtesy of Christopher Demone

The Salisbury Police Department, Fire Department, Water Works Department, Housing and Community Development and Field Operations Crews are all responding to severe flooding areas which occurred as a result of the heavy rainfall that happened overnight and into the morning hours.

Two roads in Salisbury have caved in. Remaining high water has forced people from their homes and condemned several units in the Canal Woods complex.

The Salisbury roads most affected by flooding are the following: North West Road, Bell Island Trail and Northwood Drive.
Crews have been on scene at Bell Island Trail at Harbor Point attempting to take citizens to and from the community, whether to work or for emergency reasons.  Crews are prepared to temporarily repair the road until a permanent road can be built.
One of the Canal Woods buildings has been condemned for now.  That label will be removed once responders get water out of the building and the power back on.
The Mayor’s Office says they have been in contact with Wicomico Emergency Services and the Governor’s Office throughout the day.  Mayor Jake Day tells 47 ABC the Governor's Chief of Staff is offering the city all the support and assistance they can through MEMA, the Maryland Emergency Management Agency.
One Salisbury neighborhood saw flooding that engulfed much of its street, South Kaywood Drive. 
Jennifer Kirtland says the flooding is not as bad as the September storm, but that some of her neighbors were not as lucky as her.
One home had six inches of standing water coming to their front porch steps, with vents going into their crawlspace under water.
Kirtland blames the flooding on subpar infrastructure.  A pipe, 12 inches in diameter, that is supposed to pump water from the field across the street down and into the Parker Pond.
She says the pipes just can't handle this much water, adding that county officials met with her Saturday afternoon but told her there was nothing they could do in the future.
47 ABC has reached out to the county for a response.
Salisbury will remain under a flood watch until 9:00pm Saturday. The city encourages drivers to slow down and avoid areas of standing water.
If citizens need assistance, from pumping water to sand bags, you are urged to contact the Salisbury Police non-emergency number, 410-548-3165, or 9-1-1.


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