The City of Annapolis is susceptible to floods and flash floods anytime during the year but especially from March to September.
Flooding is primarily due to the City’s location as a coastal community. The lowest lying land is in the downtown Annapolis/City Dock area and Eastport which are at sea level, located at the mouth of the Severn River, Annapolis Harbor, and Spa Creek.
High tides combined with winds from the Southeast typically cause flooding conditions at the dock area which may close Compromise Street and Dock Street. These closures may affect travel across the Eastport Bridge. When this occurs, residents should be prepared to take an alternate travel routes.
The Office of Emergency Management would like to stress the importance of some driving safety tips during these hazardous conditions:
-Turn Around, Don't Drown!
The National Weather Service states that "each year, more deaths occur due to flooding than from any other severe weather related hazard. The Centers for Disease Control report that over half of all flood-related drownings occur when a vehicle is driven into hazardous flood water. The next highest percentage of flood-related deaths is due to walking into or near flood waters.Why? The main reason is people underestimate the force and power of water. Many of the deaths occur in automobiles as they are swept downstream. Of these drownings, many are preventable, but too many people continue to drive around the barriers that warn you the road is flooded."
-When your wiper blades are on, your headlights should be on.
In accordance with Maryland law, you must turn on your headlights whenever the light, weather, or other atmospheric conditions makes it difficult to see people or vehicles 1,000 feet away from you. You must also turn on your headlights if the weather makes it necessary for you to use your windshield wipers.
-Drive at a safe speed to reduce your risk of hydroplaning.
If you find yourself in this situation, remember these tips:
If you are in a front wheel drive with or without ABS and traction control or a rear wheel drive with ABS and traction control and you begin to hydroplane, you should look for open space and plan to travel in that direction. Stay lightly on the accelerator and steer gently toward the open space you have identified. If you are in a rear wheel drive without ABS and traction control then look for open space and plan to travel in that direction. Ease off the accelerator and steer toward the open space you have identified.
Remember, it is also important to have a preparedness kit in your vehicle at all times. Your kit should contain necessary essentials like:
- Non-perishable snacks
- Water (one gallon, per person, per day)
- Reflective Warning Triangles
- Tow strap/rope
- A first aid kit
- A cell phone and necessary accessories,
- Flashlight with extra batteries
- Jumper Cables
Residents may elect to receive updates from the Office of Emergency Management across several media platforms:
- 'Prepare Me Annapolis' Mobile App (iPhone & Android platforms)
- Facebook www.facebook.com/annapolisOEM
- Twitter @annapolisOEM
- the radio (1430 AM WNAV)
- Alerts from the CodeRed Notification System
The CodeRed Notification system is a communication service that allows the Office of Emergency Management to quickly notify citizens about emergency situations through phone, email, or text message alert. All citizens and businesses are encouraged to register.
Information relating to CodeRed service can be found on the Office of Emergency Management’s website.