Annapolis Mayor Mike Pantelides announced that the Office of Emergency Preparedness & Risk Management is monitoring the potential for heavy rain and the city is preparing for the possibility of flooding at City Dock.
A flash flood watch is in effect from midnight tonight through 1 p.m. Friday, May 16. Showers and scattered thunderstorms, with periods of heavy rain and southeasterly winds, are expected to develop Thursday afternoon and continue through midday Friday, according to Weather.com.
The heaviest rain will be late Thursday night into Friday morning. Two to four inches of rainfall is expected with locally higher amounts. Flash flooding is possible, especially in urban areas and along small rivers and streams.
The Department of Public Works will open the Annapolis Dam water release valve completely Thursday afternoon and leave it open until rainfall has ended.
Currently, the tide forecast from the National Weather Service says there is a 50 percent chance that flooding may occur at City Dock. The city may need to close Compromise, Dock and Newman Streets. If the roads are closed, the city will have signs posted across the area warning individuals about detours and road closures. Standing water may create hazardous driving conditions. Drivers should remain alert and allow extra time for travel.
High tide at City Dock tonight is 6:38 p.m. and will occur again on Friday at 7:10 a.m. The effects of high tide can last for several hours depending on the winds.
All updated information will be available at www.annapolis.gov.