Flooding in Downtown Annapolis

Severn student Matthew Kagan, ’23, paddling his kayak through downtown Annapolis

On Friday, October 29, downtown Annapolis was flooded with over four feet of water. The last time this level of flooding was observed in Annapolis was in 2003, with hurricane Isabel. The 2003 storm pushed over seven feet of water into downtown and the surrounding areas. However, this flood was not caused not by a hurricane but instead by a strong southerly storm.

The storm caused Anne Arundel County and several other counties to close all public schools with a code red alert. Severn relayed the county’s call to close for the day at 7:20 am, after many students had already arrived at school.

The rain worsened throughout the day. However, it was the heavy winds that caused the most damage. With several power outages across the state, Governor Larry Hogan issued a state of emergency for the counties affected by the weather. “Even if you are accustomed to nuisance flooding, this is much more serious and has the potential to be much more damaging over the course of the next 24 hours,” Hogan said early Friday afternoon. Despite the heavy flooding, many Annapolis residents chose not to remain at home. A group of Severn Students explored the flooded streets and parking lots via kayak. One week later, many businesses are still recovering from this flooding. For example, the Maritime Museum is now temporarily closed due to the damage. Thankfully, there were no lives lost due to the flooding.


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