Submitted to Dorchester Banner/John Sandkuhler This photo shows the corner of Cook’s Point Road and Twin Point Road on Oct. 12, after an exceptionally high tide flooded the area. While one person chose to drive his truck, another turned to his kayak as a way to travel.

Maryland: Residents, officials meet after Neck District floods

DORCHESTER COUNTY/NECK DISTRICT — Days after the highest tides in years cut off access to many homes along Twin Point Cove, about 12 miles west of Cambridge, residents sat down with County officials to discuss ongoing efforts to get state and federal help to combat future flooding and shoreline erosion.

“This is a problem that won’t go away. We’re working on coastal resiliency and flooding issues so you can still get to your houses,” Stephen Garvin, planner with Dorchester County Emergency Management, told the gathering Oct. 24 at the Neck District Volunteer Fire Company station.

Some weeks earlier, County officials had scheduled the Twin Point Cove community meeting for Oct. 25 to discuss erosion and flooding, which resident John Sandkuhler brought to their attention more than a year ago. But coincidentally, on Oct. 11, 12 and 16, unusually high tides repeatedly put Cook’s Point Road – the only route to Twin Point Cove Road – under at least a foot of water in places.

Residents trying to reach home by car had to park at the fire station, which sits on higher ground, and telephone relatives and friends with trucks to ferry them through the water.

The experience illustrated the concerns which prompted Mr. Sandkuhler to meet with county and state officials and Senator Addie Eckardt last summer.