1 rescued, 1 dead in flood waters

Brighton & Duckett Dam gates open

MARYLAND CITY, Md. - One person has been rescued and one woman is dead after flood waters near 198 and Brockbridge Road, in Maryland City took over area roads.

Fire Department officials responded to the reports of a flooded homeless camp at about 11:25 a.m. Once on the scene crews from the Anne Arundel County Fire Department, Howard County Fire Department and Swift Water Rescue teams responded to the area to perform search and rescue operations at the camp. 

One person was removed and treated for hypothermia before being transported to an area hospital for treatment. 

The woman, Anifa Kiwanuka, 26, was also found dead due to the rising waters. She were pronounced deceased at the scene, however, the exact cause of death is still under investigation. 

A witness at the scene told police that Kiwanuka was asked to leave the area this morning because it was unsafe. The witness left at that time, however, Kiwanuka was discovered dead only a few hours later. 

Some Laurel and Maryland City neighborhoods could soon also be flooded due to the opening of the Brighton and Duckett Dam floodgates.

Residents in affected neighborhoods have been contacted and told to seek higher ground.

The Maryland City Fire Department opened at 12:30 p.m. Thursday for shelter until the situation stabilizes.

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