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Rains cause flooding, rescues in Baltimore area

Maryland emergency management officials are urging state residents to be careful when traveling because of heavy rains that have prompted rescues and evacuations in the Baltimore area.

The Maryland Emergency Management Agency says motorists should check news, weather and traffic reports before traveling and be aware that crews may be on roads dealing with downed trees, power lines, road closures and other events.

Baltimore County says fire and rescue crews were extremely busy Wednesday afternoon on the county’s west side. Spokeswoman Elise Armacost says crews are responding to numerous swiftwater rescue calls involving cars that have become trapped in standing water. No injuries were reported.

In Baltimore, fire spokesman Kevin Cartwright says a number of homes in the Cherry Hill area were being evacuated due to flooding.