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Floodwaters Cover Pulaski Highway In Middle River

MIDDLE RIVER, Md. (WJZ) -- Fast-moving storms dropped heavy rains in parts of the Baltimore area Tuesday, causing flooding on Pulaski Highway.

Cars could be seen plowing through the flooded highway. The White Marsh Volunteer Fire Company said several vehicles stalled in the high water, trapping people inside who required rescue.

Pulaski Highway near Martin's East was underwater. When drivers came over the hill, all they saw was water in every single lane.

"One guy tried to make it across, but he got to floating so he changed his mind," Casper Hendricks, an onlooker said.

The ground was too saturated to hold it all in, and after waiting for an hour, one trapped driver decided to make a run for it.

"Figure it was only a foot of water but underestimated myself, now I pay the price for it," Steven Hisler, a driver, said.

Officials are reminding drivers to turn around and not drive through water on roadways.

"If you are in a car or a big truck, when the water gets halfway up the tires the car is prone to go, it doesn't matter the size of the vehicle," said Mike Berna with the Baltimore County Fire Department. "Once the water displaced the weight of that vehicle, it's over."

Pulaski Hwy near Martin's East flooded.

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About a mile away on Martin Blvd., Chopper 13 was over the scene where several feet of water have flooded the underpass.

A flash flood warning is in effect for the area through Tuesday night.

Residents on Transverse Avenue blame the county for not cleaning up junk that has clogged a stream behind their homes, and the overflow now has nowhere to go.

Amy Jones said a brand new AC unit is in their submerged basement, and her grandmother will be forced to foot that bill again.

"She'll be 89 on Friday, she shouldn't have to live like this," Jones said.

Despite that devastation, Baltimore County Fire and Rescue tweeted there were no injuries Tuesday.

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