Bay Brook Residents Given Warning as Water Rises
With Hurricane Sandy approaching, Havre de Grace officials urged Bay Brook residents to consider relocating.
This article was corrected to reflect that the Bay Brook community was notified to take action, not Bayview. Patch regrets the error.
Havre de Grace officials asked citizens on Bay Brook near Lilly Run to consider evacuating Monday evening.
Through an alert system, the city notified Bay Brook residents that Lilly Run—the stream that drains a 970-acre watershed meandering through Havre de Grace—is rising in their neighborhood. As a result, officials advised citizens in homes in the Bay Brook community to make relocation plans before the more than 50 mph storm winds arrive.
"I'm praying for tomorrow morning," Mayor Wayne Dougherty said Monday night in City Hall, after notifying residents of the impending situation. "I pray that the Chesapeake Bay and Susquehanna River have a calm rejoining."
Dougherty declared a state of emergency for Havre de Grace Monday morning.
Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley said during a briefing Monday afternoon that he was concerned about the storm's stress on the Conowingo Dam and tributaries into the Susquehanna.
By 5 p.m., the National Hurricane Center projections showed Havre de Grace taking a direct hit after the storm strikes New Jersey.
City officials encouraged Havre de Grace citizens to remain where they are, with the exception of Bay Brook residents near Lilly Run.
"Please stay home unless it's an emergency," city spokesman James Newby said. "It's probably safer at your home than it is anywhere out there."
Police echoed the message to hunker down.
“The governor has said he doesn’t want people on the road,” Havre de Grace Chief of Police Teresa Walter said Monday evening from the police department's storm command center. “We just want people to stay in.”
Parks and the marina are closed in Havre de Grace, as are the parking lots associated with them.
Walter said one vehicle was towed from the Juniata Street park and ride, and police enforced barricades at the entrances to city parks when several people, including a boat owner attempting to check on his/her boat, tried to enter. Those spaces are closed until the mayor declares them safe.
So far, Hurricane Sandy has had minimal impact on the city.
"There have been no injuries, no damage, no major incidents," city spokesman John VanGilder said at approximately 7 p.m. Monday.
Some roads have been closed due to flooding, including Girard Street and Chapel Road, according to the Department of Public Works.
BGE reported that more than 48,000 people in Harford County were experiencing outages as of 9:30 p.m. Monday. The utility company has restored power to more than 5,000 Harford County customers. Havre de Grace city officials said they had heard few reports of outages, but some were scattered on Bayview and Canvasback drives.
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