Department of Health Orders Emergency Closing for Forked Creek in Arnold; Warns Against Direct Water Contact

November 14, 2019 – The Anne Arundel County Department of Health has ordered an emergency closing and warns against wading, swimming and other direct water contact in Forked Creek, a tributary of Cool Spring Cove in Arnold, Maryland. The closing is due to a sewage overflow estimated at 8,000 gallons from a manhole on Summerwood Court. The overflow occurred overnight November 13, 2019. The closing will remain in effect until Tuesday, November 19, 2019.

The Department of Health posted signs. People coming in contact with the affected water are advised to wash well with soap and warm water immediately. Clothing should also be washed.

For more information about the closing, call the Department of Health’s Recreational Water Quality Monitoring Program at 410-222-7241.

Subscribers to the Department’s Water Quality Email Alerts will receive email notifying them when county waterways are closed. Alerts can also be received by following the Department of Health on Twitter at

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