Monocacy River nears predicted crest in Md.

10/30/2012 5:15 PM
By Associated Press

FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — The murky, brown floodwaters of the Monocacy River drew a steady stream of curiosity seekers to the Gas House Pike bridge near Frederick.

But a half-mile downstream, 70-year-old George Umberger had work to do. On Tuesday evening, as the river neared its predicted crest of 21.5 feet, or 6.5 above flood stage, he and his son Jim tended their cows on what George said is the last dairy farm along their 12-mile county road.

The two were moving the cattle away from the river bottom and the canned goods from the cellar to the house.

The Umbergers were relieved to hear that the water covering the road wouldn't likely get much higher. On Monday night, the forecasts were for catastrophic flooding.

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