The Capital from Annapolis, Maryland on June 22, 1972 · Page 1
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Still more thousands of motorists were stranded, some ui un-ir. '"· GQUT TH£ STORM _ 5. Sgt . Timo »h y Bedusi USAfl t,nd hi* wife and children »i» out «·»'"««"«' » h Nflti no | Guard Armory, where evacuated "- -This is a terrible situation. Tve never seen anything like it," said an officer in hard-hit Prince William County near ine Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C. "Cars have just been washed off the roads with people in them," he said. Both Interstate 95 and Interstate 66 which carry heavy traffic into Washington, were blocked in nunvmus places and hundreds of drivers were stranded on the superhighway with water rising around their vehicles, deputies said. Officials called early this morning for amphibious military vehicles in an effort to evacuate the stranded motor- istsafter heavy-duty trucks trying to reach them were washed off the roads. A large barge, hurled along the Occoquan River on rolling flood waters, slammed into the Interstate 95 bridge. The half- mile long bridge was severely damaged, state police said, and was impassable. One small dam in the county broke Wednesday night and at least one person was reported to have died in the resulting flood Police said the situation in that area "is so bad we cant even get any units uo there. 80 flee trailers in south county By KATHV WOF-STF.NTMEK Staff Writer More than 300 mobile homes in the sou'.h county were evauated early today when state troopers entered Patuxent. Waysons Corner. Rio Vista and Maryland Manor mobile home parks advising 'residents to leave what they termed a "low flood area." . Police did net at that time advise residents where to go. but calls to area police stations resulted in orders to head to the National Guard Armory here. Many of an estimated 80 persons at the \rmory today said they had difficulty finding the shelter. They said many other trailer park residents were probably still looking fur it. ··A highway patrolman with a loudspeaker came into our court about 5:30 this morning and suggested that we evacuate immediately," Kenneth Sharp of Patuxent Mobile Estates said. -That's ail we could understand. I called the state troopers in Forestville and they said to come here." Sharp and his wife said they couldn t take anything with them except tood and -the case we keep our important papers in." Sharp said he was not sure whether or not anyone remained in the park but that -it looked like nearly everybody was heading out. Nobody knew where they were going." Jack Buskirk of Waysons Corner said he drove around for close to two hours before locating the Armory. -It's a funny thing." he said. "Things are running perfectly normal here in Annapolis. Right before I left Wayson's Corner the power went off and there was no water." A spokesman for the National Guard said he did not know how long trailer park residents would remain in the Armory. The Red Cross, he said, is supplying cots for children to sleep on. Doughnuts, coffee and soft drinks were brought in this morning. Tropical storm Agnes, inching its way northward, lashed Anne Arundel County with heavy rains and fueled flash floods over wide areas of North Carolina. Virginia, Maryland. Pennsylvania and New York. Montgomery County and the Baltimore area were among the hardest hit portions of Maryland. Baltimore County police reported three bodies were found at the intersection of Falls Road and Ruxton Road. Police said preliminary reports indicated the victims were children. Montgomery County police reported that 60-year-old Bessie Shuman of University BMdcvwd.Silvwaprw4.WMi n^ept off h«r feet W *e tried to get to her or MM! drowned. No deaths to date have been reported in Anne Arundel County, which was less severely hit by the storm than other parts of the state. A tapering off of moderate to heavy rains by early afternoon was predicted by the U.S. Weather Service, as the tropical storm moved northward into New York City. M?r? r2i n may be dumped on the area tomorrow, but it won't be anything like the rains of last night and today, weather officials said. Gale warnings were still in effect from Virginia Beach to Block Island, R.I., and area tides are expected to be two to four feet above normal. State police urged residents in the Wayson's Corner area of south county and elsewhere in low areas along the rising Patuxent River to evacuate their homes and refugee centers weie set up at po««- stations throughout the county and at the Annapolis National Guard Armory. North county residents along the Patapsco River were urged to leave their homes. Hard hit were the north Unthicum area, the Pumphrey area, and parts of Brooklyn Park on Belle Grj ve Road. Power failures were scattered throughout the county, and Baltimore Gas Electric officials said crews would be working throughout the day to bring things back to normal. Numerous major north county roads and secondary roads throughout the county were reported closed, due to high water. . Telephone and electrical service was disrupted in most of the state, except the Eastern Shore, throughout the night, aid in laurel, police said several live wires were down. Elsewhere in the state, M o n t g o m e r y C o u n t y authorities evacuated residents as high waters threatened to weaken the Needwood Dam, between Rockville, and Washington, D.C. Fallen trees and storm waters have dosed portions of many roads throughout the county, but police reported no major traffic accidents as a result of the downpour. Nearly all roads war the Patuxent Kiver are du»d due U flooding, but state H' 1 * ^ no report at mid-morning whether Route 50 was closed near Hie swelling river. As of this morning, no roads in the county were open for travel into Baltimore, police added. In the south county, Huute 450 was closed at Rutland Koad, Route 198 at the Patuxent Kiver was also blocked, county police said. Fallen trees blocked tne thoroughfare at Jumpers Hole Road and Obrecht Road. Also cliised to traffic were Interstate 695 at the Carling brewery, Patuxent Rokd at Myers Station and at Wood- wardville, and Sands Road at the Holly Bridge, police said. In the northern and western sections of Anne Arundel County, police reported the (Continued M Pmge 14, M. M Civil Defem alerted in county County Civil Defense officials stood on alert with emergency evacuation plans today as the remnants of tropical storm Agnes moved through the area. Evacuation centers were opened this morning at the Annapolis Armory, the main county police headquarters in Millersville. the souiheii* district police station in Edgewater, the Linthicum Elementary School, the Overlook Elementary School in North Linthicum and the Ferndale Fire Station in Ferndale. Officials said at mid-morning that the centers were being opened largely as a precautionary measure and to house citizens who voluntarily evacuated their homes. In some areas of the county police were rennrtedly advising citizens to leave their homes, but in must areas officials said residents were being warned to keep a dose eye on weather reports and to be ready to evacuate. Col. Marlin R. Smith, assistant head of the county's Department of Civil Defense, said Red Cross representatives had been sent to man the evacuation centers and were prepared to set up kitchens to feed evacuees if necessary. Volunteers at the Annapolis Armory reported that families with infants and young children were arriving as early as 9 a.m. Toys and games would be needed, they s»id, to keep young children occupied. County officials had no idea how many families in the county had chosen to evacuate, since many used their own vehicles to abandon their homes. Volunteers at the Annapolis Armory said about 15 families had reached the Armory by 10 a.m. In Millersville - which is closer than Annapolis to high water areas along the Patuxent River some 60 to 70 persons had taken refuge at the evacuation center, according to officials. Col. Smith said, huwever, (Continued on Page 14. Col. 2) $2 increase City may raise trash charges Annapolis homeowners ca;. expect an increase in their quarterly trash collection bi»! from 13 to $5 next fiscal year. Ti* r.c- fiscal year bop.ins July 1 and the City Council will conduct a public hearing on the proposed $5.4 million budget at 7-.30 tonight. The city's proposed increase in the trash collection fee comes on the heels of a new sewer service charge effective in July which will be equal to 100 per cent of the monthly water bill. A homeowner now paying the $9.50 minimum each quarter for water service, plus $3 for trash collection will be paying $19 because of the sewe; service increase approved by the county this week and $5 for trash collection, for total quarterly bill of $24.00. Merchants now paying a minimum of $5 a month for daily trash pick-up by the city may be paying a $10 minimum, and rates above the minimum may also double, according to Ijevin Anderson, city treasurer. Mayor P."gpr W. Mover proposed to double ii" residential and commercial trash pick-up charge at a noontime budget session yesterday, but the aldermen present agreed to a $2 increase for residents as proposed by Alderman Stuart Whelan. Opposing any increase in the trash collection fee was Alderman Louis Hyatt, who labeled the present trash collection charge a ··misnomer." ··They i the citizens i pay their fee, but sometimes they don't get a pick-up. This is just another form of revenue," Hyatt said. Instead, Hyatt suggested an increase in the property tax. However, the city council u (Continued OD Page 14, Col. S) fl£l fcny Ul*» l*r U|ti v ' r mean i***- ·--·-- * Schools delay decision on sex ed T w- »,,« Arundel board -They believe that they can program on F »"jjjy {^ e * * education in 19M ai ByRENAROSENSON ^J^S^S.^ JSvedThe Sal recom- estabUsh a rapport rfft the Human^^opment^.- StaffWrtter _ _ ^'^ IS can be mendation for a pilot program studenU by tto:tu«. «« J«eo ·· ^ ^^ ,, largely .because rfth The Anne Arundel County Board of Education has ptut- poned for the third time a decision to include a sex ·location unit in sixth grade science dassei. Actkm on tne^course was^on Jury The latest postponement pushes tht decision ahead to the ^EiiriN' Hall, dirtctor of .UrMTtarytducatwn, »* the commitue working on the W1U1 tf IU uuv *" I**" 1 »"··* ·'··*/ before the proposal can be solidified. The proposed course is an attempt to comply with a state Board of Education bylaw Tlwk received the initial recom mendation for a pilot program from its staff almost exactly a year iaua. Now, anther w and a half later, the elementary education Human Development as a part curriculum for the · They believe that they can establish a rapport with the studenU by that time.' she said. -They f«l that they will know them well enough by then to deal with such a sensitive area." . . . Pumphrey added, The unit, whidi takes about two weeks of class time, has BSBM-M Jan. I, W». *"".* "«»· idea of M* education in 19M and 1»W seems to have died down, largely because of the community involvement in drawing up the wit, but there are still a numoer of individuals s«» fcroup vowing that the unit will never be instituted. Hall said one of the major in the process «* Inside story New superintendent ForaalMight Into the man, »er Page IS. ONOTHER INSIDE PACKS »* Cwsswerd. 21 17 Sylvia Prrter.

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