by Catherine Wilson, Staff Writer
A 51-year-old woman was transported to the University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center via ambulance for treatment after first responders rescued her and another driver, a 36-year-old male, from a flooded street.
The two Hyundai’s attempted to cross Brandywine Road in Hughesville, MD around 9 a.m. yesterday when floodwaters swept both cars 100 ft. off the roadway and into the nearby woods, Brenda Carl, a media representative for the Maryland State Police said.
Maryland State Police troopers from the La Plata Barrack were dispatched to Swanson Creek where they managed to retrieve both individuals in a 45-minute timeframe, according to a press release published by Maryland State Police.
In addition, Charles County Emergency Services Airboat was deployed to aid in the rescue efforts.
The Maryland Department of Transportation blocked the road and instructed cars to turn around from the affected area followed by a team from Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative sent to deal with the power outage.
The source of the outage has yet to be released.
Neighbors were drawn from their homes by the disruption of power, which neighbors said occurred around 9:30 a.m., and the emergency response.
“I’ve lived here 13 years and I’ve never seen anything like this,” Tracy Burdick, a woman who lives nearby said.
Another resident, Cole Saluter left his home after hearing the sound of the airboat.
“I’ve never seen it get that flooded before,” Saluter said.
The high water rescue comes nearly a month after a similar incident that happened in the same location.
On July 7, a vehicle was swept off the road while trying to pass the flooded street and a rescue team was called in to handle the situation.
Kathy Payne had spent a mere five days in her new home, which was one of the residences closest to the flooding creek, when Tropical Storm Isaias hit Southern Maryland early this morning.
“They need to do something about that bridge,” Payne said.
While rescue efforts have concluded, the road remains closed due to heavy flooding.