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
Mangled power lines and fallen trees caused widespread outages.
Bangert Avenue, between Forge Road and Interstate 95 in Perry Hall, was hit hard by Hurricane Irene. Multiple power lines were mangled by fallen trees during the worst of the storm early Sunday. But damages to lines along Bangert impacted far more than surrounding homes, many of which were built in the 1950s, according to state property records. Residents of a handful of newer communities, including many in the Glenside Farms neighborhood along Perry Farms Drive lost electrical power for more than 80 hours. One of them was Amy Fox, a mother of five, who lost electricity around 7:30 a.m. Sunday and regained it at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. "It's great; it's wonderful. I feel back to normal," Fox said. "The first thing I did was turn off the …
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Maryland has no law governing right of way when power fails and traffic lights go dark.
Hurricane Irene didn't just knock down trees and cut off power. The weekend storm that churned up the East Coast has inadvertently revealed a hole in Maryland's traffic laws, according to a regional motorist organization. Scores of intersections were left without power in the days following the weekend storm, leaving government officials to plead for motorists to treat intersections with inoperable traffic lights as four-way stops. But Maryland law does not require it. "People think we have a law but we don't," said Ragina Averella, public and government affairs manager for AAA Mid-Atlantic. "I was a (Baltimore City) police officer and I thought we had a law." Del. James Malone, chairman of the House subcommittee overseeing motor vehicles …
Damage and power outages in wake of Hurricane Irene have delayed the start of school until Wednesday.
UPDATE (7:18 A.m.)—All but 21 Baltimore County public schools will open for the 2011-2012 school year on Wednesday, school system officials announced Tuesday afternoon via Twitter. Every public high school will open Wednesday, but three middle schools and 16 elementary schools will remain closed. Stoneleigh Elementary had been scheduled to open but was closed after a transformer blew, causing electrical outages, according to a recorded telephone message from the Towson school's principal. Middle school closures for Wednesday: Elementary school closures for Aug. 31: Stay with Patch for updates.
Children are often afraid of monsters and natural disasters.
Being a little kid and sleeping in your own room—all by yourself—is tough enough sometimes. But add darkness, thunderstorms, power outages, hurricanes or earthquakes and bedtime can be downright scary. Following last week’s earthquake, my oldest son was afraid that the earth would just start shaking again. After reassuring him it was over, he woke frightened during an aftershock just a few nights later. And then all news turned toward the impending doom of Hurricane Irene, and my hopes of him sleeping through the night dwindled. It’s one thing to nullify monsters in the closet, but when you’re trying to calm fears of actual out-of-our-control events, it’s more challenging to reassure kids that everything is going to be OK. In my experience…
Monday, August 29, 2011
Baltimore County offers a list of potential retailers for residents still without power.
With the likelihood that some Baltimore County residents might be without power until Friday, government officials have compiled a list of places to purchase ice and dry ice. BGE will not distribute ice as it did in 2003 after Tropical Storm Isabel hit the area. "Following [Tropical Storm] Isabel in 2003, we discontinued distributing dry ice which was a very labor and time intensive process," Linda Foy, a BGE spokeswoman, wrote in an email response to questions. "The resources previously used for dry ice packaging and distribution are best used for actual storm restoration work." Our friends over at Bel Air Patch also have a list with some additional retailers.
County Executive Kevin Kamenetz said he is "not happy" with BGE's power restoration estimates.
UPDATED(5:11p.m.)—Two days after Hurricane Irene blew through Maryland, Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz said the recovery effort continues to focus on removing fallen trees and restoring power to neighborhoods. And late Monday afternoon, Baltimore County Public Schools officials announced they were delaying the opening of school one more day. Kamenetz Monday was displeased to hear that BGE officials said many Baltimore County customers may be without power until Friday. "Obviously, I'm not happy about that but it's something that is out of my control," Kamenetz said of the projected Friday timeline. The county executive said he's working with Gov. Martin O'Malley to "keep pressure on (BGE) to get as many linemen in town to …
Some Perry Hall homes remained without electricity Monday afternoon.
State officials announced Monday that more than 450,000 households remained without power 35 hours after peak rain and winds from Hurricane Irene. As of 2:30 p.m., the Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. map continued to show pockets of customers, between 51 and 1,000, without electrical service between Maryland Route 1 and Interstate 95 in Perry Hall, White Marsh and Kingsville. Patch readers chimed in on Facebook to share their locations and the number of hours they have been without electrical service. Check out their responses and add your own locations to the comments. Get instant updates on Perry Hall storm coverage. Watch our live chat, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
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…
Sunday, August 28, 2011
Calling all residents of Towson, Dundalk, Lutherville, Timonium, Essex, Middle River, Cockeysville, Parkville, Overlea, Perry Hall and Baltimore City. Keep us and your neighbors up to date on developments as you see them
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