PORT DEPOSIT, MD. — After a day of worry and wonder over rising river water as a result of 20 gates being opened at the Conowingo Dam, the Town of Port Deposit hopes to dry out and clean up the damage to their community. According to the Conowingo Hydrostation Spill Condition Hotline, as of 11AM on Friday, July 27th, 16 gates remained open.
The voluntary evacuation of the town has been lifted. Minker Hall, which had been opened late Thursday evening by Perryville Volunteer Fire Company, has been closed as an evacuation site.
The State Highway Administration has confirmed that Route 222 is now open and safe for travel. Although there may be some locations along the roadway with higher than normal water, residents may return to their homes.
“The emergency operations plan was put into effect and worked exactly as it was supposed to,” explained a relieved Vicky Rinkerman, Town Administrator for Port Deposit. “The goal was to keep the residents of our town safe and that’s what we did.”
“It is a testament to our community how everyone came together so graciously to assist and support Port Deposit during a crisis situation,” said County Executive Alan McCarthy. “I commend Mayor Tome and his administration, the fire companies, emergency services, local and state law enforcement, as well as the American Red Cross, social services, and members of the community for working collaboratively to ensure the safety of our citizens.”
More rain is expected periodically over the next week and dam conditions will continue to be closely monitored.