Friday, October 26, 2012
Print out this guide with phone numbers and other information for Anne Arundel County residents before the next storm.
Friday, October 26, 2012
Tropical Storm Irene was not as strong as some thought it would be in our area, but it still caused power outages and problems with downed trees across Anne Arundel County. And the effects of the derecho—and the power outages that followed—are still fresh in the minds of some local residents. Both storms serve as a reminder to be prepared and have emergency and other useful information at the ready. Patch has created a short, printer-friendly guide for Anne Arundel County residents with phone numbers and websites to help get started and handle electric outages, water emergencies, communications (phone, cable and web) outages and more. Click on the PDF (right) to access it. Print it out, review it and add it to your emergency kit before you…
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
BGE offers a demonstration on just how difficult it is for utility workers to repair downed lines and get power restored following a major storm.
At the peak of Hurricane Irene last August, more than 800,000 homes in Maryland were without power. A majority of BGE’s 3,400 employees, along with about 1,000 from out-of-state, worked around the clock for more than a week to restore all of the power. Many customers were patient, while many others grew frustrated after living in the dark for days with no electricity. Veteran BGE workers like Gordon Johnson understood that frustration—he has seen his fair share of hurricanes and blizzards during his 30-year career with the utility company. But he also wants customers to know that restoring power is often not as simple as patching a wire or flipping a switch. “You’re out there in all the elements and what we’re often dealing with is …
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
The center has not had electricity since Saturday.
Power was restored today to Bay Hills Shopping Center, however the financial trauma continues as storeowners try to get their businesses back on track following Hurricane Irene and its aftermath. The center has not had electricity since Saturday. “We lost everything,” said Kevin Malone of Bay Hills Deli about his meats and cheeses and sandwich fixings. By late morning he was trying to assess any damage to his deli counter and refrigeration needs. In between, a few employees of other stores were stopping by to buy some chips and sodas and dismayed that there wasn’t even coffee. Every storefront in the center lost several days of business this week. This morning, stores were slowly re-opening and hoping that the customers would follow. Bay …
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Power still out in some parts of the Cape, many trees down and some flooded basements. But this could have been a lot worse.
After a rough few days with no power, this Cape columnist and the entire community is starting to resume normal operations. As of Tuesday afternoon, Graul’s was fully operational, along with the Riverbay Roadhouse and most of the businesses on the left side of the shopping center. The business on the right side of the shopping center, such as Broadneck Grill, the dry cleaners, the Shell station, and Pizza Hut were still without power. Cape True Value has been open since Sunday, running on generators and limited power. Kudos to them for trying to stay open to serve the Cape during the duration of the storm, even with lack of electrical power. Cape St. Claire Elementary School will remain closed on Wednesday due to lack of power. Some …
Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown stopped by a BGE command center in Piney Orchard to assess the response to power outages caused by Tropical Storm Irene.
Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown said there remains a “sense of urgency” to have power restored to the tens of thousands of Marylanders affected by Tropical Storm Irene, while Baltimore Gas & Electric (BGE) officials said they expect most people will have electricity by Friday. Brown met with BGE officials Tuesday in Odenton, where the company converted offices into one of two command centers in the state. Workers there were directing crews to deal with power outages across BGE’s service area, where more than 226,000 customers were still without service. BGE has restored service to more than 522,000 customers. In Anne Arundel County, more than 61,000 were still without service, but more than 117,000 have had service restored. “The apparatus is in …
The strong winds and rain from Hurricane Irene left many lawns covered with leaves and debris.
Preparing for Irene’s arrival took a lot of effort. Stocking up on batteries, water, non-perishable food, and securing water craft made for a couple of busy days. Now, after riding out the storm it is time to begin assessing the mess in our yards. The debris that Irene has left in its wake may not be quite as bad as what was left after Isabelle hit the area several years ago, but there are still plenty of leaves and branches littering our yards that need to be picked up. In case yard clean up bags become as scarce after the storm as “D” batteries and bottled water were before the storm, do not despair. By using some creative approaches to removing the debris, you will be able to clean the yard without needing to purchase large numbers of …
While some lucky residents have had power restored, there are still many communities on the peninsula that are now on their third day of the outage.
Though Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) announced last night that it had restored electric service to nearly 60 percent of the more than 700,000 customers who experienced outages during and following Tropical Storm Irene, those numbers were little comfort to many on the Broadneck peninsula. From Pines on the Severn to St. Margaret's to Cape St. Claire, many in the Broadneck area are still without power. Residents haven't seen many service trucks in the area and that doesn't give them a lot of confidence that restoration will come any time soon. The Broadneck Patch Facebook Page was full of comments from local residents commiserating over the situation last night. Reader Kristin Hurff said she drove around the Cape Sunday a couple …
Monday, August 29, 2011
Gov. Martin O’Malley says some residents may be in the dark for days.
More than 450,000 households in Maryland remained without power 35 hours after peak rain and winds from Hurricane Irene hit the state, and the Baltimore area could experience outages until Friday, officials said Monday. “We have not stopped working since the storm hit,” Gov. Martin O'Malley said from the Maryland Emergency Management Agency’s Reisterstown headquarters. But many remained in the dark. "There are some people who are going to be without electricity for a long period of time, several days,” he said. “We will try our best to give you better estimates so you can make accommodations.” Peak power outages hit Sunday, with 822,000 homes' electricity knocked out by winds of up to 65 mph and heavy rain. Wind gusts peaked at 85 mph. BGE…
An Anne Arundel County Fire Department spokesman said the county received more than 800 calls for service over a 28-hour period from Saturday to Sunday. There were few major injuries reported as a result of the storm.
- POLICE & FIRE
- Tim Lemke
Monday, August 29, 2011
Calls to Anne Arundel County emergency services more than tripled during Tropical Storm Irene over the weekend, with crews responding to more than 800 requests for service between Saturday afternoon and Sunday afternoon. Division Chief Michael Cox of the Anne Arundel County Fire Department said emergency personnel responded to 483 calls directly related to the effects of Irene between noon on Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday. In the first 24 hours of the storm, Cox said there were more than 700 total calls. A large number of those calls were related to downed wires and downed trees. Cox said there were no deaths associated with the storm, and only a few minor injuries. At about 1:38 Sunday as Tropical Storm Irene began to strengthen in the area…
Boaters were largely spared but a massive cleanup was underway Sunday where trees crashed and debris fell.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Diane Rey
Monday, August 29, 2011
They were hoping for the best at Podickory Point Yacht and Beach Club as Irene moved into the area. And while the boaters were largely spared, a massive cleanup was underway Sunday just around the corner where an elderly woman was jolted awake in the middle of the night when a large tree crashed into her bedroom. Samina Cole was sound asleep in her one-story home on the corner of Harbor Drive and Tydings Road when a large tulip poplar came toppling down just after midnight, clipping off the corner of her house and coming to rest in her bedroom. "I heard a noise and immediately felt things falling on my face," said a still visibly shaken Cole on Sunday afternoon as contractor Jim Amos worked to board up the hole and remove the sodden …