Port Deposit ordered to evacuate
The mayor of Port Deposit, Md. has ordered a mandatory evacuation of the town starting at 8 p.m. Thursday as waters continue to rise on the Susquehanna.
"All residents of Main Street should prepare to evacuate," the order said. "A shelter has been established at Perryville High School on Perrylawn Avenue. You are encouraaged to take an emergency kit with you. Some suggested items are non-perishable food, water, a battery powered or hand-crank radio, extra flashlights and batteries, a change of clothes, and medications."
The dam's owners, the Exelon Corp., said 32 of the dam's 53 flood gates were open at noon Thursday. "We are preparing to open up to 50 gates within the next 48 hours when the dam crests at about Saturday morning at 6 a.m.," said company spokesman Bob Judge.
It would be the first time since Tropical Storm Agnes in 1972 that Conowingo has opened 50 crest gates, he said.
The gates are likely to remain open "at least through Monday" as waters begin to fall, he said.