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 …
Thursday, September 1, 2011
BGE continues to deal with residential electricity outages.
Thursday, September 1, 2011
BGE wants to thank our customers for their patience and understanding as we continue our Hurricane Irene restoration efforts. We want to assure them that we are working as safely, quickly and efficiently as possible to restore their power. Throughout Central Maryland, we have been addressing public safety issues, such as downed wires, and repairing critical infrastructure as well as repairing equipment and lines serving individual homes and businesses. BGE expects to have all power restored to those impacted by Irene in less time than it took to restore power during 2003’s Isabel – a storm that’s similar in amounts of power outages. Despite the fact that we have restored nearly 80 percent of those who lost power within 72 hours of the …
Monday, August 29, 2011
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
Gov. Martin O'Malley said 823,000 are without power, 200 roads are closed, almost 4,000 residents in shelters and two reported deaths. BWI is open.
(Updated 1 p.m., Aug. 28) More than 800,000 Maryland residents were without power Sunday, almost 4,000 fled to shelters and two people were killed in a lashing overnight by Hurricane Irene, the Maryland Emergency Management Agency said. Crisfield, in Somerset County, has been issued a mandatory evacuation. Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown said National Guard, Department of Natural Resources and Maryland State Police were aiding in the evacuation. “It’s not life-threatening, but because of rising tides we consider it a precautionary measure,” he said. Ocean City is open as of noon. Nearly 2,000 students who were part of a foreign exchange program that were evacuated will be returning today, Brown said in the latest update for reporters. Sen. Barbara …
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 …
Saturday, August 27, 2011
Gov. Martin O'Malley on what it's been like leading a major disaster response from the Maryland Emergency Management Agency in Reisterstown.
Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley says he’s never been in an emergency situation in which the president took an interest, he knew evacuating Ocean City was the right thing to do and FEMA is a lot better than it used to be. He sat down in his shirtsleeves with Reisterstown Patch at hurricane central – the Maryland Emergency Management Agency in Reisterstown – where he was planning to sleep Saturday night.
Updates of developments as Hurricane Irene blows through Maryland.
Update 7 a.m. The loss of power at two wastewater pumping stations caused overflow problems in Prince George’s County, two trees fell on homes in Howard County but damage in the Washington, D.C.-Baltimore area appeared minimal. There were no reports of major injuries. Loss of power at the Broad Creek Wastewater Pumping Station in Fort Washington and the Piscataway Wastewater Treatment Plant in Accokeek meant sewage overflow until pumps could be restored. Trees fell on two Howard County homes Sunday morning, according to Jackie Culter, spokeswoman for Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services. A Columbia family was displaced to a shelter, many of which went unused in the area. “So far, we have not had reports of any injuries," …
Gov. Martin O'Malley cautioned: "Do not let your guard down," and said more than 40 state agencies are responding to Hurricane Irene.
(Updated 10:30 p.m., Aug 27) Latest reports indicate that 158,000 people in Maryland are without power, Gov. Martin O’Malley announced at Maryland Emergency Management Agency headquarters in Reisterstown Saturday night. “We’re just now heading into the worst part of the storm,” he said. A major concern is urban flooding as torrential rains fall across the area. A greater threat is anticipated near areas with streams and rivers. Meteorologists and government officials believe Maryland will experience a shifting of winds that will pull waters out of places like Annapolis and Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, O’Malley said. O’Malley crushed rumors about the possibility of tornadoes, saying he has no verified reports of any twisters. He also thanked …
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