Five rescued from fast moving waters in Joppa

JOPPA, Md. - Five people were rescued from fast moving waters in Joppa on Wednesday.

According to the Joppa-Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company, they, along with the Harford County Technical Rescue Swift Water Team, were alerted around 3:30 p.m. to a vehicle in high water, with person trapped, in the 2600 block of Winters Run Road. 

Fire officials said one vehicle was on Winters Run Road and four were on Philadelphia Road in the area of Fashion Way.  One juvenile was transported to the Upper Chesapeake Medical Center by Jwith non life-threatening injuries, while four others were treated at the scene.

The flooding in the Joppa area led to roads in the area being closed, including Philadelphia Road between Fashion Way and Edgewood Road and Winters Run Road between Fashion Way and Singer Road. 

Also, a voluntary evacuation was issued for the residents in the low lying area of Winters Run Road.  Businesses along Fashion Way and Fashion Court were also given voluntary evacuation orders.  They released all employees except for night time security guards.

JMVFC Fire Chief Ryan Barrow said he requested additional resources form Harford County to assist with accessing flooded areas. 

The Harford County Department of Public Works sent two dump trucks with drivers.  This would allow rescuers and firefighters to go farther into flooded areas for emergency calls.  

Fire officials are reminding people that if a road is flooded, do not attempt to drive or walk through it.  Although it may appear to be passable, water is very powerful and could cause injury or death. Turn around, don't drown.


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