SUPERSTORM SANDY: Top Stories In Baltimore Region

Revisit Patch's best storm coverage in the Baltimore metro area this week.

Sandy was a superstorm, invading Maryland, claiming lives, disrupting commerce, ruining property and altering the way we in the Baltimore metro area live.

Patch was there to cover the stories in your community, give you a place to connect with neighbors and provide you with the latest updates from sources in the know.

Here are a few of the top stories from around the Baltimore metro area—the best reporting from Harford and Baltimore counties, as well as Baltimore City:

  • Baltimore and Harford really dodged a bullet
  • Residents in one waterfront community learned from Hurricane Isabel in 2003—and they acted accordingly
  • Readers captured photos of flooding around an iconic monument ...
  • ... and a parking lot giving way to the Chesapeake Bay
  • Is that Venice or Dundalk?
  • Before ... and during
  • Trees fell in Pikesville
  • One restaurant told Sandy where she could go instead
  • A wall collapsed at an old distillery
  • The Susquehanna River flooded Havre de Grace—but not as bad as it could have been
  • After a derecho beating in July, Towson weathered Sandy well
  • Despite its orientation to the water, Dundalk held up well
  • The Gunpowder River was roaring following Sandy's visit, prompting residents to visit
  • Western Baltimore County saw a lot of fallen trees
  • Baltimore County readers reported their own outages, so Patch mapped it
  • BGE was hard at work restoring power
  • Baltimoreans counted themselves "blessed"
  • Finally, video of Sandy's impact in North Baltimore

Have another interesting story we're missing, or a photo to share? Email baltimorecountymd@patch.com or harfordcountymd@patch.com and we'll share it with our readers.

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medford November 01, 2012 at 12:21 AM
Can someone please report on why toll collectors are considered emergency essential personnel. I guess life does have a monetary value and aparently it's the value of a toll.
James P. Miller November 01, 2012 at 03:06 AM
Toll collector are needed to collect money to keep the jobs program know as the MdTA operating. Look at the Hatem Bridge as a example. MdTA police running radar in Havre de Grace and Perryville. Most days there are at least three working the one mile patrol area. I counted six dump trucks parked at the sand dome on Monday.
John Cole November 01, 2012 at 02:27 PM
I am ashamed, as a resident of Maryland, that I have to agree with the overall sentiment of this post. There are several situations that occur regularly that should cancel all toll requirements for a temporary period, thereby allowing the free flow of traffic: Major accidents: We experienced this a few days ago, when a fuel tanker overturned close to the bridge over the Susquehanna River on I95. The subsequent ‘Tailback”, as I observed while travelling South on Route 40 was 17 miles long. There were thousands of goods vehicles, trucks, buses, and personal vehicles standing still, waiting for the line to move forwards, all spewing noxious gasses and compounds into the atmosphere. Weather situations: When the weather really clamps down, don’t allow that line to build, let the people get home safely, without the floods, ice or snow increasing as you hold them at the tolls. Either of these problems can add considerably to the destruction of our environment via Global Warming, and a considerable waste of expensive fuel. This is an old survey (2002), which demonstrates the emissions of trucks while idling: www.eere.energy.gov/vehiclesandfuels/pdfs/.../2002_deer_lewis.pdf
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