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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.

Zoobie July 02, 2012 at 08:51 PM
This was 'just' a storm ! A nasty, destructive storm, for sure, but 'just' a storm. What can we expect from our County, and our State, if confronted with a Major Catastrophe ? "Irene" left much of Reisterstown without power for over six days. Everything in the fridge was shot! Almost every night we see T.V.Ads telling us the need for tree trimming to prevent outages from tree related incidents. My community's power lines are all underground. All that was needed to restore power was for BG&E to come to the community's power source and replace/ reset the fuse supplying power. IT TOOK BG&E SIX DAYS TO DO JUST THAT !!! What will be the response if and when we have a Major Catastrophe ? In my opinion, Md. is not prepared.
FIFA July 02, 2012 at 09:02 PM
"All that was needed to restore power was for BG&E to come to the community's power source and replace/reset the fuse supplying power" You sir/madam, are absolutely clueless. Just where is "the power source"?
Really... July 02, 2012 at 10:19 PM
Stop relying on the Government the take care of you. Be prepared for these incidents and maybe you will be able to take care of yourself.
Stacy July 03, 2012 at 12:23 AM
I have not spotted any BG&E workers sitting down on the job. Many are working hard to restore power 24/7 no matter if it is a flip of a switch or a 12 hour fix. How do you know for sure that the fix is simple anyway? It may be more involved than you know. Be patient. The last thing we want is a worker to rush through a fix endangering their own life. It sounds like the fix to your power outage for Irene was fairly simple, but keep in mind that there were numerous other power outages that were simple as well. Maybe it was difficult to physically get to the power source. Maybe there were other priorities. For example, my neighbor had a power line on the ground that was sparking and catching fire sporatically. That issue was fixed immediately while the rest of the neighborhood was without power for 7 days after Irene. So what. We lost everything in the fridge too, but we also had homeowners insurance to reimburse us up to $150. Did that cover the food loss in our full sized freezer in the basement and the fridge in the garage? No, but I certainly did not spend my time on the computer complaining the second our power was restored. Is Maryland fully prepared for a full blown catastrophe? Probably not. Is anyone? Have a little faith, and start up the grill next time you hit day 2 or 3 of a power outage. Make the best of the situation and grill everything you have and drink up. Consider the alternative...a tree could have fallen on your house/car with you inside.
Stacy July 03, 2012 at 12:41 AM
Right on FIFA!!!! The power source is probably over the river and through the woods that are heavily littered with downed trees.
The Mole July 03, 2012 at 12:55 AM
Stacy well said.I want my power restored asap.but when workers rush they get hurt..bge workers could get killed.i will never work for bge.my hat goes off to them
Allie July 03, 2012 at 02:32 AM
Thank you Really.... for every major hurricane we have had in our area, we have lost power for at least 4 or 5 days. Last year, it was 7. We knew it was coming. We stocked up on ice and non perishables before hand. We ate everything in the fridge. We were prepared. Unfortunately, we weren't prepared for this past weekend. The people nor the government nor BGE. It's not like we had a few days notice on this. But one step in becoming a prepared state is having prepared citizens. So how about you stock up on some non perishables and batteries just for times like these?
Zoobie July 03, 2012 at 04:37 AM
Looks like I got some lips flappin' in the breeze with my original post. Since there weren't aly comments when I first read the report, I thought i'd get some going, aggitator that I am! Truth is, we've been prepared for anything since Agnes, which was probably before many of you were born. Plenty of 'non-perishables' indeed. Our pantry is equipped for a Nuclear Attack, and we can hole-up for a couple of months if need be. It's still tough to lose everything in the fridge after day 3, and that was just for safety's sake. The coolers bought some extra time, but ice melts, and Dry Ice wasn't available for Irene. Nobody's advocating lack of safety on BG&E's part, but our 'hood was an easy fix. "Everybody" for six blocks around us had power by day three, and that's exasperating. No trees down, no wires sparking, just a simple breaker to restore, of which our community has three, I heard them all trip during 'heavy rain.No Lightning, Tornado or Wind Shear, just 'heavy rain !!! Y'all have a happy and safe Fourth. Hopefully we won't get any 'heavy rain, it's too hard to keep the "Grill" going when that occurs, and the ole lady gets upset when I bring it into the house. (L.O.L.)
Pressed July 03, 2012 at 01:08 PM
My power was restored Sunday morning, and lost again after a lightning strike early Monday morning. After watching that power line thrash around and the energy emitting from that thing, I have a new found respect for people who to have deal with these things. Not to mention the difficulty in working in this kind of heat.
Allie July 03, 2012 at 02:01 PM
BGE restores power to the biggest areas first... our street of roughly 40 homes was the last in our area. They're going to fix an area that restores power to 4000 people before they fix an area that restores it to 100.
Jim Jones July 03, 2012 at 02:32 PM
the BGE line repairmen have been working nonstop since early Saturday morning, many of them have not been home since. How many of the complainers out there have ever been at work for 3 days straight without seeing their families, all while working in one of the most hazardous jobs around, oh and in 90+ degree temps???
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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