Harford in State of Emergency

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UPDATE (4:53 p.m.)—Harford County government has declared a state of emergency for Tropical Storm Lee.

“There is a need to take steps to prepare for potential destruction and the possibility of evacuation due to flooding and to minimize the threat to public safety and the lives of Harford County citizens and for the facilitation of the deployment of requisite resources,” Harford County Executive David Craig said in a statement.

An evacuation order has been given for part of Havre de Grace:

As a result of rising water in the Susquehanna River, to include 34 gates open on the Conowingo Dam, a partial evacuation has been ordered to several streets and neighborhoods in the City of Havre de Grace.  The areas affected by the evacuation order are:

  • From the Susquehanna River to Market Street and Lafayette Street
  • From Market Street through St. John Street
  • From the Susquehanna River to St. John Street to include Seneca Point
  • The 300 Block of Green Street to the water Otsego Street to Stokes Street
  • In the North Park area from Juanita Street to Otsego Street from Superior Street
  • Everything from the Lock House to Water and Stokes Streets, to include Locust Street
  • Stafford Road
  • Herring Run Lane
  • One home on Craig’s Corner Road near the Susquehanna River

Additionally approximately 165 residents of the Citizens Care and Rehabilitation Center are being evacuated. Residents are being sent to stay with relatives in the area or to other facilities out of the county.  The evacuation of Citizens Care and Rehabilitation Center began at approximately 1:00 p.m. Thursday.

Officials are bracing for the potential of flooding during the early morning hours Friday when more than 40 flood gates are expected to be opened at the Conowingo Dam.

Emergency management and public safety officials urge the public not to travel into the City of Have de Grace unless absolutely necessary.

All  after school activities have been canceled. Aberdeen High School and all four Havre de Grace schools are closed Friday.

A mandatory evacuation of Port Deposit has been issued, effective 8 p.m.

U.S. Route 1 at the Conowingo Dam will be closed until about 10 p.m. The State Highway Administration is assisting Exelon personnel with staging equipment on the dam to assist with debris removal.

According to Fox News, 100,000 Pennsylvanians are being evacuated near the Susquehanna River.

A duty officer for the Maryland State Police said U.S. Route 1 at the Conowingo dam is being closed at 10 a.m. as floodgates are opened.


The following roads are closed or affected due to flooding:

Bel Air

  • Major's Choice at Moores Mill Road
  • Major's Choice at Grayson Square
  • Moores Mill Road between Southhampton Road roundabout and Pecan Court
  • Walters Mill Road between Ady and Sandy Hook roads
  • Edwards Lane between Asbury and Shucks roads


  • U.S. Route 1 at the Conowingo Dam
  • Nobles Mill Road from Trappe Church Road to the Deer Creek bridge
  • Nobles Mill Road East from Trappe Church Road to the Deer Creek bridge
  • Part of Craig's Corner Road
  • Stafford Road beginning at Shuresville Road


  • Love Road from Franklin Church Road to Smith Road


  • Grafton Shop Road between Vale and Red Pump roads

Havre de Grace (areas and roads)

  • Yacht Basin
  • Lafayette from Young Street to Concord Street
  • Concord Street between Revolution and Girard
  • Hutchins Park
  • Behind the Water Plant and the American Legion
  • Water Street from Ostego to Erie
  • Lockhouse Drive
  • Concord 


  • Beatty Road from Houcks Mill Road to the metal gate


  • Rocks Road at Maryland Route 165


  • Route 7 from Route 136 to Route 543


  • Kerr Road between Delp Road and Route 136
  • Sandy Hook Road between the Deer Creek Bridge and Gibson Road, and between Route 1 and the Deer Creek Bridge



Bel Air

  • Moores Mill Road between Southhampton Road roundabout and Pecan Court
  • Patterson Mill Road between Wheel Road and Cedarday Drive
  • Edwards Lane between Asbury and Shucks roads


  • Greene Road from Maryland Route 165 to the Baltimore County line
  • Pleasantville Road between Route 152 and the Baltimore County line
  • Pocock Road from Maryland Route 152 to the Baltimore County line
  • Carrs Mill Road from Wildwood Drive to Vale Road


  • Madonna Road between Mellow and Carea roads


  • Harford Creamery Road at Route 23


  • Wheeler School Road between St. Mary's and Old Pylesville roads
  • Telegraph Road between Route 136 and Carea Road


  • Coen Road between Holy Cross and Old Rocks roads


Police ask drivers across the road.

For an updated list of county road statuses, excluding state roads and those in municipalities, click here.


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Jennifer September 08, 2011 at 12:06 PM
They just announced on the news Grafton Shop is closed now also.
vietnam vet September 08, 2011 at 12:32 PM
Got too go to Bel Air this morning, Thanks for the up dates. may just cancel the doctors apointment. 9/8/2011
Wings September 08, 2011 at 12:44 PM
Route 1 at the Dam is not closed. Route 222 at the Dam is closed.
Brad Gerick September 08, 2011 at 01:17 PM
Thanks, Wings. State police told me otherwise so I will double-check. Appreciate you letting me know. -BG
HappieGrannie September 08, 2011 at 02:05 PM
Why are schools trying to get the day in? If these roads are stillclosed after school how are these kids gonna get home?????
James P. Miller September 08, 2011 at 03:41 PM
Copy and Paste this web site. Lot of information on TheConowingo Dam. http://water.weather.gov/ahps2/hydrograph.php?wfo=phi&gage=cnwm2
Hollee Sifford September 08, 2011 at 04:06 PM
O.K.HCPS and transportation make a decision before the roads get so bad it will be dangerous for these school buses and they end up having trouble getting all these children home.Yes these are well trained drivers but sometimes they cannot measure up to the hard hand of mother nature.
Wings September 08, 2011 at 04:28 PM
The Dam is closed for sure now :(
Charmaine Heath September 08, 2011 at 05:46 PM
50 gates? Unimaginable to me....when are they going to open the gates??
Batwoman September 09, 2011 at 03:20 AM
Does anyone know if the Ramblewood campground in Darlington is OK to get to?


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