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County Reports Storm Clean-up Progress, Asks For Patience

Water and trash bins offered at area fire stations and county residents without power can recharge phones and computers at county libraries.

UPDATED (5:01 p.m.)—County residents in need of drinking water can fill their containers at area fire stations, and will soon be able to drop off their storm debris there too.

County officials made the announcement during a brief news conference Monday afternoon in Towson.

Fire Department Chief John Hohman said the county plans to place trash bins at county fire stations and allow residents to drop off their storm debris. The plan mirrors what the county did last fall after Hurricane Irene, when it allowed residents to drop off tree and brush debris only.

The bins will be available beginning 9 a.m. July 3 at the following additional locations:

  • Arbutus Volunteer Fire Station - 5200 Southwestern Boulevard
  • Bowleys Quarters Volunteer Fire Station - 900 Bowleys Quarters Road
  • Eastview Fire Station - 1056 Old Northpoint Road, Dundalk
  • Lutherville Volunteer Fire Station - 1609 Bellona Avenue
  • Parkville Fire Station - 8530 Old Harford Road (dumpster will be on the parking lot of American Legion next door)
  • Pikesville Volunteer Fire Station -  40 E. Sudbrook Road
  • Randallstown Fire Station - 10010 Liberty Road
  • Westview Fire Station - 6300 Johnnycake Road

Only storm-related tree debris will be accepted at the eight fire station locations, which will be open all week including July 4.

Debris can also be taken to the county's three regional drop-off centers:

  • White Marsh—6259 Days Cove Road, White Marsh, MD 21162
  • Cockeysville—201 Warren Road, Cockeysville, MD 21030
  • Halethorpe—3310 Transway Road, Halethorpe, MD 21227

The regional drop-off centers are closed on July 4.

Residents in need of drinking water can bring their own containers and fill them from hoses at local fire stations, but urged residents to call first, Hohman said.

County residents without power can recharge their phones and computers at area libraries, assistant Fire Chief Kyrle Preis said.

"The libraries love having more people visit them," Preis said.

Some libraries do not have power or have closed due to lack of air conditioning. The Arbutus Library is closed and the Catonsville Library closed at 5 p.m. Monday.

So far, the county has cleared nearly 380 intersections since the storm rolled through the area late Friday. Still, there are about two dozen intersections where traffic lights remain without power or are otherwise obstructed.

Police Chief Jim Johnson asked residents for continued patience as storm recovery efforts, and power restoration are expected to continue through the end of the week.

County residents can get updates on the county's storm recovery efforts on Twitter.

Dennis Gilpin July 03, 2012 at 03:08 PM
The equipment they have to wear to prevent injury will save their life but is very hard to deal with in the heat. Most people would be hard pressed to do that job. I've worked with electric on a smaller scale but one bad move will either kill you or permanently disable you.Give those people lots of credit for restoring our power.
FIFA July 03, 2012 at 04:57 PM
Hey Zoob, it was only 3 breakers, you should have shimmied on up that pole and reset them. ;-) LMAO
moe green July 03, 2012 at 06:48 PM
maybe johnson's police can get out of their cars and direct traffic and answer citizen questions.
Zoobie July 03, 2012 at 07:15 PM
I actually worked for BG&E back in the late '60's when I came home from the Service(which was much longer than 3 days). Back then pay was pretty low, and if you can fathom it, Storms were something we looked forward to, for the time and a half paid. In our dept., Outside Construction , we were responsible for the many Sub-Stations in our territory. Years later,I was blessed to work at the Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant as a heavy equipment operator. So you see, I'm familiar with BG&E, from the power plants, to the sub-stations, to that ugly Pole in your back yard. De-regulation ruined a once great Public Utility. Employee reduction now requires asking out-of-state utility companies to help out with manpower to correct storm damage. And that my friends is why I believe recovery is slower than it should be when a 'Storm' hits. I'm pretty self sufficient and have no problem coping with outages. Going to bed when dark was a little unusual and took adjustment, but hey, all that extra sleep was OK with me. I don't expect anyone, not even the state to 'give' me anyting. That's a New Age phenominem. What I do expect is value for my dollars paid for utilities, plain and simple.
Rosey July 04, 2012 at 04:04 PM
From a wife of a lineman, thank you for your support. I for one know that they are working hard. It is more than flipping a switch to restore power whether it is overhead or underground.

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