Turn around, don’t drown.
That was the message from emergency crews in Maryland Thursday as overnight water rescues continued into the early morning hours.
At approximately 5:45 a.m. Montgomery County fire crews responded to Brighton Dam between Boardly Road and New Hampshire Avenue, where a driver needed to be pulled from a vehicle caught in flood waters.
Overnight, the bulk of water rescues took place in Prince George’s County, with multiple rescues in Bowie and Upper Marlboro. The driver and two passengers of one vehicle huddled on the roof of their car as they waited for assistance on Croom Road.
Not all of the rescues involved vehicles. At about 3 a.m., a resident of Upper Marlboro reported that he, his pregnant wife and two-year-old child were stuck in their Sherrington Court home, which had flooded.
Additionally, the rescues weren’t limited to civilians. In Baltimore County Wednesday, six firefighters in two separate swift water rescue boats had to be rescued themselves while responding to emergency calls near the Howard County line, reported the Associated Press. One of the boats, carrying two of the firefighters, capsized. The other four firefighters were forced to bail out of a boat that got stuck. All six were saved without injury.
Officials in Prince George’s and Montgomery counties report that everyone requiring assistance Wednesday night and Thursday morning has been rescued and that there have been no injuries.
But given road conditions, they advise people not take any risks: If there is high-standing water, even if it doesn’t look deep, it is best to avoid the area, officials said.