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Frederick braces for potential round three of heavy rains and flooding

Frederick braces for potential round three of heavy rains and flooding (ABC7)

The Frederick community was barely drying off from Tuesday’s rain and flooding when the skies opened up yet again on Wednesday.

“Yeah, we are flooding again,” said homeowner Rane Lederer, who said her basement flooded for the second times in as many days. “Right now we just have to wait for stuff to dry out, there’s not much else we can do.”

The floodwaters also carried hundreds of fish from Culler Lake into nearby Baker Park. The fish could be seen trying to swim in shallow puddles located on what is usually dry ground.

“I guess when the water rose last night they ended up here,” said Val Hoffman. “I didn’t really believe it at first. But we saw a bunch of fish and we were like oh my goodness we’ve got to help them.”

According to Friends of Baker Park’s website, Culler Lake hosts a number of invasive, non-native fish species. It’s believed those are the fish that ended up in Baker Park after Tuesday night’s floods.

Hoffman and his friends used buckets and nets to catch as many of the fish as they could, in an effort to save them before the water receded.

Hoffman’s group chose to dump the fish back into Carroll Creek nearby, but the City of Frederick’s Parks & Recreation Department is actually asking people not to do that.

Instead, the city and Friends of Baker Park are actually encouraging people to take the fish home for use in their own personal fish ponds or tanks.

Since the fish are an invasive species that can outcompete the native environment, officials don’t recommend putting them back in Culler Lake or Carroll Creek.

A state of emergency remains in effect for the City of Frederick, and on Wednesday night city officials said historic flooding had inundated the wastewater treatment plant. They asked people to limit nonessential water use in order to avoid potential backups in collection lines and homes and to maintain the ability to safely treat wastewater.

Officials said things like washing clothes and dishes only adds to the already over-burdened wastewater treatment plant.

Lederer just hopes her community catches a break from this wet weather sooner than later.

“It’s just a waiting game. We’ll see what happens tomorrow,” she said.

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