Released on August 4, 2020 - 5:00am

Mayor Craig A. Moe has announced that the City of Laurel is making preparations ahead of Tropical Storm Isaias, which is anticipated to move into Maryland Tuesday morning, August 4, 2020.
 
In anticipation of heavy rains, flooding and high wind gusts, Mayor Moe has signed Executive Order 2020-22, stating that “Pursuant to the powers granted to me by Section 2-176 and Section 2-177 of the Laurel City Code, I, Craig A. Moe, Mayor of the City of Laurel have declared a State of Emergency in the City of Laurel due to the threat of flooding and high winds predicted as a result of Tropical Storm Isaias. With this storm, a threat to the health, safety and welfare of the community exists.” The Order will go into effect at 6:00am on August 4, 2020, and remain in effect until rescinded.
 
To ensure the safety of Laurel’s citizens and businesses, the Laurel Emergency Operations Center will partially open at Midnight on August 4, 2020. Once Isaias has reached Maryland, if you have any storm-related emergencies, please call the EOC at 240-294-1314. 
 
Mayor Moe is also asking residents to prepare for rainfall around 3 to 6 inches and be proactive to prevent flooding around your home by cleaning out your gutters, the areas around your downspouts and ensure any outdoor drains around your home are clear of debris, as well as check your sump pumps.
 
With the potential for downed trees and power outages, call BGE at 1-877-778-2222 to report any outages or visit their Outage Map at https://www.bge.com/Outages/CheckOutageStatus/Pages/OutageMap.aspx.
 
Residents who live near creeks and low-lying areas are also being asked to continue making preparations for potential flooding.
 
For the latest updates on Tropical Storm Isaias, be sure to follow @LaurelCityOEM on Twitter for updates as they become available.

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