Maryland flooding was triggered by highest rainfall since 1933

High water sign in front of a flooded road in Laurel, Md. (Photo: WJLA/Brad Bell)

BALTIMORE, Md. (AP) - Not since 1933 has Baltimore recorded a rainfall that matched Tuesday's deluge.

Meteorologist Jason Elliott with the National Weather Service said that the 6.3 inches recorded at Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport is the highest total recorded for the city in a single day since a 1933 hurricane that measured 7.6 inches.

Tuesday's rainfall also marks the second-highest total since measurements were first taken in 1871.

And some areas received even higher totals. The weather service reported 10.3 inches of rainfall in Green Haven in Anne Arundel County.

The rainfall caused flash flooding Tuesday that necessitated numerous water rescues around the state.

The good news, Elliott said, is that the heaviest rain occurred in areas close to the Chesapeake, where rivers can more easily drain into the bay.