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Carroll County Deals with Power Outages, Road Closings Following Irene

Carroll County has approximately 15,000 homes without power and is working to clear approximately 40 roads blocked by downed trees or debris.

As we say goodbye to Hurricane Irene, it appears as though the worst of it for Carroll County has been in losing residential power and downed trees/debris in roadways. 

Westminster Police Chief Jeffrey Spaulding told Patch that as of 9 a.m., there are 15,320 customers in Carroll County without power. Carroll County Emergency Management Coordinator Jim Weed told Patch that the county office building is running on back-up power.

A news statement from Baltimore Gas and Electric (BGE) warns customers that it could take several days to restore power. 

According to the BGE news release, "As a result of numerous trees and very large tree limbs that have already come down onto power lines, and additional trees expected to fall due to the ongoing high wind, the utility advises customers that the restoration effort will take a minimum of several days to complete. In some cases, work is being delayed until it is safe to perform, such as the use of bucket trucks which are extremely hazardous if used when the wind is at or above 25 miles per hour. The utility expects numerous new outages to occur today and possibly throughout the next few days."

One family used the shelter last night Weed said. The emergency shelter located at Winters Mill High School will remain open today. 

"The shelter will stay open today until we figure out how long people will be without power," Weed said.

Spaulding said that there are about 40 roads closed in the county and additional four closed in the city. In many cases, he said, they are waiting for BGE to clear downed power lines before crews can clear the trees and debris. 

The traffic light is out at Englar Road and Rt. 140. Traffic is being directed by Westminster City Police personnel. 

There have been no major injuries or fatalities reported in Carroll County as a result of the hurricane. 

"In large measure, Westminster fared very well," Spaulding said. "All in all, things went pretty much as planned." 

According to Weather Underground, today Carroll County will see rain early this morning, then partly sunny with a slight chance of rain this afternoon. Windy with highs in the upper 70s. Northwest winds 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 45 mph. 

RJ Teich August 28, 2011 at 11:14 PM
Don't forget the people who lost service from Comcast. BGE pulled through, but I knew one of my services was going to be shut off. And it always happens on a Sunday and won't get corrected until after my show has aired. Had I known Comcast was going to pull a BGE, I would have not have stuck around here to stew for nine hours! Next time when they say prepare, I'm leaving town and going where this is civilization!
Maria August 29, 2011 at 10:40 AM
Seriously you are complaining about TV and internet. I have not had power in over 24 hours in an all electric house
RJ Teich August 29, 2011 at 02:53 PM
YES I AM COMPLAINING! AND I HAVE EVERY RIGHT TO COMPLAIN! When you do NOT live in Virgina Beach, Ocean City, or even Florida, there is NO EXCUSE to have your services cut off! This is 2011! Advanced technology. And you won't have power for DAYS if you have service (?) with BGE. They have done that to me already once before. And keep in mind, every body is different. Some cope better than others. This is now the SECOND time this was done to me. Next time I'll head out of town to civilization (that is how I will prepare!). Why is it that Verizon NEVER EVER has disruption of service? I can cope even live without a telephone!
Blaire August 29, 2011 at 04:52 PM
While you have every right to complain, it seems selfish to be upset over not being able to watch tv. Yes, it is 2011 and the technology we have today also allows you to find the show you missed on a later date. As of right now I am sitting in my mothers car charging my phone because we have not had electricity since the storm hit. It seems that your idea of coping after this past storm is having to "stew" in your home with no tv or internet for nine hours. At any point did you think to go to a library the next day and watch your show there on one of the computers? It is only a tv show... Not only does my house not have tv or internet, I also do not have plumbing which allows us to wash or clothes, take showers, use toilets properly also no fridge, nothing. On top of that, I went out to my car the morning after the storm and the car refused to start and I am still one of the lucky ones. Things could be a lot worse. So think about how lucky you are before you decide to complain about not having tv or internet. There are people who do not have even the essentials.
RJ Teich August 29, 2011 at 05:40 PM
I was thinking about your situation and decided to extend a helping hand. I open my door to you. My only thing is, I can open my door to you and your family, but I can't extend the invitation to pets (I have a cat). Seriously, if you are still without power, my door is open. I only have two bedrooms, one bath, but I do have two pull out sleepers. And a washer and dryer.
Blaire August 29, 2011 at 07:00 PM
That is very kind of you. According to BGE, all power should be restored by late Friday. When the last hurricane came through we had 3 1/2 days without power. I am sure we will get through this as we have before. I am guessing we won't have power til tomorrow. Again, thank you very much for the invitation.

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