MDOT SHA Logo (September 30, 2022) – The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) is deploying maintenance crews throughout the state to prepare for Hurricane Ian and its potential impacts over the weekend. MDOT SHA crews are working to inspect, clean and clear stormwater ditches, drains and inlets to ensure adequate drainage. Additionally, MDOT SHA is asking motorists to curtail travel in the event of heavy rain. At MDOT SHA maintenance facilities, crews are evaluating and preparing all emergency response equipment such as high-water signs, chain saws, chippers, loaders and grading trucks. Crews also are ensuring all SHA generators are prepared in the event of power outages. Generators will keep maintenance shops functional in order to keep crews available for response. Motorists are reminded to “Turn Around, Don’t Drown” when approaching flooded areas. Most flood-related deaths occur in vehicles. Two feet of rapidly moving water can float a bus, and six inches can knock people off their feet. Other advice includes: • Avoid downed or damaged power and transmission lines, as these could still be live; • Be cognizant of fallen trees or limbs; and • Remain alert for animals, such as deer, that may flee dangerous areas and cross roadways. In addition to high water, the approaching storm could result in scattered power outages. MDOT SHA reminds motorists that if you encounter an intersection where traffic signals are without power, treat all directions of the intersection as a four-way stop. MDOT SHA also advises motorists to stay aware of the forecast and, should heavy rain and high wind begin to affect the area, curtail travel as much as possible. Click here for information about flooded roads. It is also recommended that citizens follow MDOT SHA on Facebook at facebook.com/MDOTSHA and Twitter @MDSHA.