- The Washington Times - Sunday, September 19, 2004

Officials in parts of Maryland braced for flooding in the wake of remnants from Tropical Storm Ivan yesterday, while several residents in Northern Virginia began to rebuild homes that were destroyed by tornadoes.

Volunteers with the American Red Cross are working with residents in Prince William and Fairfax counties where at least 25 homes and three businesses were destroyed by tornadoes that touched down in sections of Chantilly, Centreville and Manassas Friday night.

“We’re providing help with the disaster but so far local insurance companies have stepped up and are supplying relief,” said Cameron Ballantyne, a spokesman for the American Red Cross, National Capital Area.

Local churches also have gotten involved in the relief efforts.

Worshipers at St. Timothy’s Catholic Church in Chantilly yesterday collected money for at least one parishioner whose home was damaged by the storm, said church assistant Elisabeth Culkowski.

Meanwhile, officials in Cecil County, Md., yesterday urged about half of Port Deposit’s 700 residents to evacuate as a precaution because of flooding from the Susquehanna River.

Officials opened an emergency shelter at Bainbridge Elementary School in the low-lying town, which is in northeastern Maryland, to prepare for the flooding.

John Droneburg, the director of the Maryland Emergency Management Agency, said officials were expecting the river to go several feet over flood stage.

Old Town Alexandria, an area especially prone to flooding, did not report any problems yesterday.

“Alexandria looks good,” said senior meteorologist Nikole Listemaa with the weather service. “We aren’t having any problems over there.”

This article is based in part on wire service reports.

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