WASHINGTON -- The rain has stopped, but flooding and high water continue to cover roads in the region Thursday.
Road closures remain around the region and the risk of flooding forced the city of Laurel to evacuate several hundred people.
Lingering showers will give way to some sunshine Thursday as parts of the region deal with high waters and flooding. Wednesday’s record rainfall continues to run downstream causing more flooding concerns, even the sun has come out.
There is an ongoing Flood Warning for parts of Maryland as the Monocacy and Patuxtent rivers remain above flood stage.
Roads around the regions remain closed because of flooding and high water.
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Hundreds of people are being evacuated in Laurel, Md., after all seven gates of the Duckett Dam were opened to relieve water pressure on Wednesday evening in response to the rain that has pelted the area over the past few days.
Officials closed Main Street at Lafayette due to the resulting high water, according to the city's Twitter feed. About 200 senior citizens are being evacuated from the Selborne House Apartments and people are being moved out of the first floor of the Quality Inn on 2nd Street.
Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission spokesperson Lyn Riggins says that the dam was opened because of the high level of water in the Rocky Gorge Reservoir.
"I can't stress enough that there is not a crack in the dam," Riggins says. "The structural integrity of the Duckett Dam is fine."
The rain, Riggins says, has caused the level of the reservoir to rise over a construction joint in the dam.
"Water is coming through a joint in the dam -- it's not a crack; it's a joint," Riggins says.
"We need to get the level of the reservoir down so that the water level is below that joint. It's eroding the soil around a buttress that supports the dam," Riggins says.
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Lingering showers give way to some sunshine today as parts of the region deal with high waters and flooding. Yesterday’s record rainfall lead to widespread flooding and today all that rain continues to run down stream causing more flooding concerns, despite the fact that the rain is letting up. After the morning’s lingering showers, there will be breezy and milder conditions with the evening showers. Highs will be in the upper 70s. There is an ongoing Flood Warning with river and coastal concerns through the morning.
For tomorrow, expect a mix of clouds and sunshine with highs in the 70s. Get more information at: http://bit.ly/laIRkT