Residents and business owners prepare for the upcoming high tide in downtown Annapolis – CBS Baltimore

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — City Dock in Annapolis is under water again.

The water started to rise before the first drop of rain fell on Friday and it’s a reality the capital of Maryland is getting used to.

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“The road that is flooded all the time when there is a lot of rain and a lot of wind,” said a resident.

At high tide, the water exceeded four feet and another will come early Saturday morning that could reach five feet three inches.

“I went to Eastport which is very vulnerable there, it’s the peninsula. And aft they are exposed to the bay,” said Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley.

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County Executive Steuart Pittman said he received reports of how fast the waters were rising. In Galesville, restaurants opened and then had to close.

“I know someone was telling me they weren’t at the Pirates Cove restaurant anymore and had to close. The water was rising as they sat on the dock eating, so that will impact business as well,” he said.

Gov. Larry Hogan said some areas of the state have already asked for help. He declared a state of emergency late Friday evening.

“It’s much more serious and has the potential to be much more damaging over the next 24 hours,” the governor said. “We are taking this action to mobilize all necessary state resources and assist local jurisdictions in their response efforts. We urge Marylanders to remain vigilant, stay tuned to local news stations for the latest updates, and follow any instructions local officials may provide.

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Back in Annapolis, with water right on their doorstep, a whole row of businesses had to shut down. And other companies are monitoring the water that comes close to them.

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