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A group of protesters in Baltimore, Maryland tore down a statue of Christopher Columbus on Saturday then threw it into the city's Inner Harbor, The Baltimore Sun Reports.

Video shows protesters tearing down the statue near Baltimore's Little Italy neighborhood as Fourth of July fireworks exploded in the distance.

The monument was torn down using rope and then protesters rolled it into the water.

The outlet reports the statue was owned by the city and dedicated in 1984.

Baltimore just tore down the Columbus statue ✊✊✊✊✊ #blacklivesmatter pic.twitter.com/uX5ty8oI3f

— spencer compton (@spencercompton) July 5, 2020

Protesters just took down the Christopher Columbus statue in Baltimore’s Little Italy. pic.twitter.com/ViPk5eKOtz

— Louis Krauss (@louiskraussnews) July 5, 2020

It marks just the latest statue toppled during demonstrations in recent weeks as protests against racism and police brutality feature calls to remove Confederate monuments as well as statues of historical figures who supported slavery or racist policies. Columbus has also become a target over his treatment of indigenous peoples. 

President TrumpDonald John Trump Trump responds to calls to tear down monuments with creation of 'National Garden' of statues Trump: Children are taught in school to 'hate their own country' Trump accuses those tearing down statues of wanting to 'overthrow the American Revolution' MORE has frequently criticized the removal of statues, and the latest incident comes after he signed an executive order to create a task force to create a park full of monuments to historical figures. Trump has suggested jail time for those who tear down statues and his executive order on Friday night strongly condemned such actions. 

“To destroy a monument is to desecrate our common inheritance. In recent weeks, in the midst of protests across America, many monuments have been vandalized or destroyed. Some local governments have responded by taking their monuments down,” Trump's order reads. “These statues are not ours alone, to be discarded at the whim of those inflamed by fashionable political passions; they belong to generations that have come before us and to generations yet unborn.” 

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Baltimore Weather: Some Trees Reported Down; Heavy Rain Falling As Isaias Moves Through The Region

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — As Tropical Storm Isaias makes its way through Maryland, Baltimore city storm crews are responding to reports of downed trees, while officials are watching for flooding.

Baltimore city is under a tropical storm warning and a flash flood watch while Isaias goes through the region.

Residents are encouraged to prepare for possible flooding in areas near the Inner Harbor and other waterways, including near Thames Street in Fells Point, Smith Ave and Falls Road and the Clipper Mill Business Park.

Water is rising in the Jones Falls as heavy rains continue to fall in the area, WJZ’s Rachel Cardin reports.

DPW officials are asking that if residents can clear storm drains, they do so safely, to help prevent flooding in areas of the city.

WJZ’s Amy Kawata was downtown in Fells Point Tuesday morning looking out for flooding there as well.

“If areas have flooded in the past, I would expect them to flood again,” acting city public works department director Matthew Garbark said.

MOVE YOUR CARS

Residents should move their vehicles to higher ground as soon as possible and secure all outside furniture and trash cans.

Fells Point residents parked in areas prone to flooding are “strongly encouraged” to relocate their cars as soon as possible.

The Caroline Street (805 S. Caroline Street) and the Fleet and Eden Garage (501 S. Eden Street) will be open from noon on Monday until Wednesday so residents can park their cars in the garage at no charge to avoid possible flooding in the area.

Residents will be asked to provide proof of residency at the garages, and they are urged to park on the upper-level floors.

Space is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis, and vehicles must be moved out of the garage by 7 a.m. on Wednesday to avoid any fees.

People should also expect parking restrictions in low-lying areas starting Monday night.

CLEAR DRAINS & GUTTERS

Officials continue to ask residents to see that storm drains near their home are clear, but regardless of them being clear, there will be issues with flooding — due to a capacity issue in the drains.

City crews are taking preparedness actions early to clear storm drains. If you are able to clear storm drains of debris around your property, please do so to prevent flooding.

Residents should also clear their downspouts and gutters to prepare for heavy rains.

Anyone who experiences a basement backup of sewage should call 311 to report it. Don’t touch or try to clean the sewage.

EXPECT ROAD CLOSURES, POWER OUTAGES

If a road is flooded, turn around, do not drive through it.  Stay informed and tune in to your local news for more information.

Power outages and down trees are expected and the city is working closely with BGE and all city agencies to get power restored and roads cleared if affected during and after the storm.

For power outages and downed power lines please call BGE at 877-778-2222. For trees that are blocking roadways, please call 311. For emergencies only, please call 911.

Officials also said residents should use the rest of Monday to prepare for the storm:

  • Make sure your cell phone is fully charged.
  • Get a battery-powered radio in case of outages.
  • Flashlights or battery-powered lanterns with backup batteries.
  • Keep your freezer, refrigerator closed to keep food fresh in case of a power outage.
  • Check basement sump pumps and have a battery backup.

 

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