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Past QAC Disasters
On Thursday September 18th 2003 at 1:00PM Hurricane Isabel reached shore at Cape Hatteras North Carolina. By 7:PM the Hurricane reached the Virginia/Maryland Border and was tracking west of the Eastern Shore. By 9:pm Thursday it was downgraded to a tropical storm. Tropical storm winds and rain continued to hit our area through Friday.
Unlike many other Hurricanes that we have experienced over the years Isabel acted in a different manner. Only moderate rain accompanied Isabel, but what set Isabel apart was the sustained winds and incredible surge. Storm surge reached 14 feet and reeked havoc on the low lying areas of the County, particularly Kent Island and the Narrows area. Hurricane Floyd in 1999, on the other hand, tracked to the east of the County and was accompanied by torrential rain with little surge. This type of event effected the northern end of the County by causing low lying areas around creeks and rivers to flood. There was little effect on the areas effected by Isabel. Hurricanes have minds of their own.
Queen Anne’s County Department of Emergency Services activated the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) for Hurricane Isabel. From that location an incident management team directed the response. The EOC, under a unified command structure directed fire, EMS , law enforcement, and County departments in response efforts. This included rescue and emergency response and the evacuation of Kent Island and the establishment of shelter for our citizens. The following agencies staffed the EOC: QAC-DES, Director, EMS, EM, & Communications, QAC Fire Chiefs Association, QAC Health Department, QAC Parks & Recreation, QAC Public Works, QAC Information Services, QAC Planning and Zoning, QAC Finance Director, American Red Cross, QAC Housing, QAC Aging, Centreville Town Police, QAC Sheriff’s Office, QAC Board of Education, QAC Animal Control, Maryland State Police, Maryland Transportation Authority and MEMA.
Emergency Operations Center 24 Hours Prior to Event
Queen Anne’s County estimates the total damage to have been over $37 Million
$29,660,000 Residential Properties
$5 to $8 Million Business Properties
These estimates are based on:
380 Homes Impacted
151 Homes Major Damage
192 Homes Minor Damage
10% of the Homes Destroyed
40% of the Homes Sustaining Major Damage
50% of the Homes Sustaining Minor Damage
Total Estimate to Buildings and Property $1,672,751 Million