• Oxford Floods After December Storm

    December 18, 2023
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    Excessive rainfall of 2 to 5 inches from the storm that hit the East Coast Sunday into Monday caused flooding in the Town of Oxford, Maryland.

    Flooding occurred in the usual spots, including one problem area that the town clerk recently stated had been fixed due to past stormwater projects. The Oxford Strand, which has recently been subjected to what the town calls "improvements" also flooded.

    Flooding on South Morris Street occurred despite this planted "living" ditch created to prevent flooding.

    In a town meeting on Tuesday, December 12, town manager Cheryl Lewis said South Morris (pictured above and below) was no longer a flood risk.

    South Morris Street Flooding

    Many other parts of town were also flooded including Pier Street, Bank Street, Mill Street, and the Causeway to name a few.

    One disturbing discovery was the flooding on the Oxford Strand, which has recently undergone the destruction of its iconic, historic shoreline specifically to prevent flooding:

    Water spilled onto the Strand roadway and the parking lots for the Apartments and Parking lot there despite "restoration efforts". It was also noted that sand from the beach and "living islands" was being washed out into the river leading many to wonder about the efficacy of the project and the method used to complete it.

    The flooding event may not be over as high winds and high tides are expected Monday afternoon to evening.

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    Jan Greenhawk

    Jan Greenhawk is a former teacher and school administrator for over thirty years. She has two grown children and lives with her husband in Maryland. She also spent over twenty-five years coaching/judging gymnastics and coaching women’s softball.
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