More flooding could come

As runoff from Hurricane Isabel poured into streams Sunday, more flooding could occur, said emergency management officials.

BY SUSAN KIM | BALTIMORE | September 21, 2003


As runoff from Hurricane Isabel poured into streams Sunday, more flooding could occur, said emergency management officials not good news to the millions of people still without power, those trying to clean up lingering debris, and those whose drinking water was tainted.

The South Branch of the Potomac River crested Saturday 9 feet above flood stage at Springfield, W.Va., where evacuations were ordered.

More than 2 million people in North Carolina were still without power, down from 6 million homes and businesses that lost power during the storm.

In Virginia, more than a million had no electricity, according to Dominion Virginia Power.

More than 596,000 homes and businesses in Maryland still had no power by Sunday morning, down from 1.27 million who lost power during the storm.

Two utility workers died while working to restore power.

It could be several more days before residents will be able to turn on the lights, power company officials warned.

At least 30 deaths were blamed on Hurricane Isabel. North Carolina, Maryland, Delaware and Virginia were declared federal disaster areas.

Ice and dry ice were hard to come by.

There were looming hazards Sunday. Military ammunition was washing ashore on Virginia Beach, and police urged people there not to pick up rounds because they may be live.


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