WEATHER ALERT- Flash Flood Watch

A Flash Flood Watch is now in effect for portions of southeast Maryland, including Ocean Pines. The weather alert is in effect through Saturday, July 29. According to the National Weather Service, moderate to heavy rainfall is expected through Saturday evening across portions of central and eastern Virginia and the Lower Eastern Shore. Total rainfall amounts of two to four inches are expected on average, with locally higher amounts possible.

Heavy rainfall may result in rapid rises in streams and creeks. This could quickly result in flooding, especially in low lying and poor drainage areas. Flooding my be exacerbated during periods of high tide for areas along the Chesapeake Bay and tidal rivers.

A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding. Flash flooding is a VERY DANGEROUS SITUATION. You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action should Flash Flood Warnings be issued.

Cancellations

Full Circle has cancelled its performance tonight at The Cove at Mumford’s, located at 1 Mumford’s Landing Road.

Outdoor pools have been closed.

Kaleb Brown has cancelled his Saturday night performance at the Ocean Pines Beach Club in Ocean City.

‘PinesAlerts’ Emergency System

The Ocean Pines Association is increasing the public’s awareness of emergencies through the use of its new ‘PinesAlerts’ notification system, which is being powered by the Delmarva Broadcasting Company.

The notifications would include alerts for events such as road/traffic closures, power outages, severe weather, and other public safety events. The Ocean Pines Police Department will also utilize the ‘PinesAlerts’ text message-based system to warn residents of major crime alerts.

The alert system is now in place for anyone to sign up and begin receiving text message alerts from the association. To sign up, Ocean Pines residents and guests should text the word “PINES’ to 88474. Signup is free. Standard text message and data charges may apply. Subscribers will not be overloaded with text messages.

For more information, contact Denise Sawyer, director of marketing and public relations for the Ocean Pines Association, at (410) 641-7717 ext. 3006 or dsawyer@oceanpines.org. To learn more about Ocean Pines, visit www.oceanpines.org.

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