Released on January 31, 2013 - 7:46pm
Jan 31


Mayor Craig A. Moe is pleased to inform the residents that the waters are starting to recede from the Patuxent River after receiving news this morning of the impending threat of flooding from the release of water from the T. Howard Duckett Dam. With this good news, Mayor Moe has made the decision to lift the Executive Order that declared a Civil Emergency at 9:00pm on Thursday, January 31, 2013. Mayor Moe has also spoken with Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Incident Commander and has agreed with the decision to close the EOC at 7:30pm on Thursday, January 31, 2013.

The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) has informed us that the water level has stabilized and though they will continue to release water from the dam over the next few days, it is not so that the water level will crest the banks of the river.

With that information from WSSC, Mayor Moe has made the decision to keep the commuter lot by Lafayette Avenue at the MARC train station and Riverfront Park closed overnight. Periodic checks will be made throughout the evening and early morning hours, allowing the water to recede further from that area. A decision will be made by 6:00am on Friday morning, February 1, 2013, as to whether the water has receded enough to reopen the commuter lot. The reopening of Riverfront Park will be made by 9:00am on Friday, February 1, 2013.

Mayor Moe thanks the residents for their cooperation during this situation. To stay up to date on what’s happening in the City, please visit the City’s website at, or our Facebook page and Twitter page. You can also call the Laurel Information Line at 240-294-1307.


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