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Mr. Trash Wheel "nearly drowns" in flash flood

Posted at 6:03 PM, Aug 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-03 18:03:56-04

Rainwater rushing down the Jones Falls during the weekend storm that caused devastating flooding in Ellicott City caused Baltimore's Inner Harbor water wheel to "nearly drown," according to Adam Lindquist, director of the Healthy Harbor Initiative.

A camera equipped to the floating barge showed water quickly and powerfully covering the base of Mr. Trash Wheel. According to the video, the volume of water rushing down the waterway "far exceded" Mr. Trash Wheel's operational capacity. 

The video shows a time lapse. Within 30 minutes of the storm starting, the camera is occasionally covered and shook by the water, creating a "white out" effect.

Ten minutes later, around 9:40 p.m., according to the video, things have calmed down but the water is still high. At 9:45 p.m., water levels look close to normal for the base of the water wheel.

The Waterfront Partnership is currently fundraising to build a second trash wheel in Canton. At $538,000 raised, the group has reached 99 percent of their fundraising goal, according to their website.