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Crews searching for 3 people swept away by flood, water rescues underway in Harford Co. area

Posted at 7:31 PM, Aug 31, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-01 14:20:16-04

Severe flash flooding caused the Harford County area to experience extreme rains and serious flooding.

According to Maryland State Police, crews are actively searching for up to three people who may have been swept away by swift water on James Run Road in Bel Air, Maryland. 

FORECAST: Flash Flood Watch

Harford County fire officials are responding to a reported 25 water rescue calls in the area.

The Harford County Department of Emergency Services issued this statement: 

This is an Emergency Message from the Harford County Department of Emergency Services. Due to the severe impacts from the storms moving through the County, at this time, we are requesting that all residents stay off the roads and remain indoors until the waters recede. There are many roads throughout the County that are flooded and damaged. Please remain vigilant and, if your are travelling home, if you come to roadways covered by water, turn around - don't drown. Thank you and stay safe.

Officials say volunteers and crews are currently responding to reports of cars and residents in high water across the county. They have requested assistance from Baltimore City, Anne Arundel County, Howard County, Carroll County, and Chester County rescue crews to aid in the numerous reports of flooding incidents.                        

At this time, no injuries have been reported.

We will continue to update this story as it becomes available.