City officials to open parking garages as they warn residents of possible flooding

Posted at 11:20 PM, Aug 02, 2020

BALTIMORE — Baltimore City officials said they are tracking a tropical storm and preparing for possible flooding in low-lying areas throughout the city.

Mayor Jack Young want residents to be aware of potential flooding in the areas of the Harbor and other waterways, including areas near Thames St. in Fells point, areas near Smith Ave and Falls Road, and the Clipper Mill Business Park.

He also encourages residents move their cars to higher ground as soon as possible and secure all outside furniture and trash cans.

Those living in Fells Point who park in areas prone to flooding are strongly encouraged to relocate their cars as soon as possible.

The Caroline Street (805 S. Caroline Street) and the Fleet and Eden Garage (501 S. Eden Street) will be open from 12:00 p.m. Monday, August 3, 2020, until Wednesday, August 5, 2020, so that residents can park their cars in the garage at no charge to avoid possible flooding in the area.

The Department of Transportation will have sandbags available for all city residents. The sandbags will be available to city residents on Monday, August 3, 2020 beginning at 9:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the intersection of Thames and Broadway. Residents must show proof of identification and will be limited to 10 sandbags each. on a first-come, first-served basis, weather and supplies permitting.

DOT has also added a second Sand Bag distribution location. Residents can now get up to 10 free sand bags from Stillmeadow Community Fellowship Church located at 5110 Frederick Ave.

Residents must show proof of ID and wear a mask. Sand will be available until 8:00 p.m.

City crews are taking preparedness actions early to clear storm drains.

Officials wants those who are able to clear storm drains of debris around your property, to do so to prevent flooding. If you experience a basement backup of sewage, please call 311 to report it immediately.

If a road is flooded, turn around, do not drive through it. Stay informed and tune in to your local news for more information.

We are expecting down trees and power outages, and are working closely with BGE, and all city agencies to get power restored and roads cleared quickly during and after the storm.

For power outages and downed power lines please call BGE at 877-778-2222.

For trees that are blocking roadways, please call 311.

For emergencies only, please call 911.