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Annapolis Prepares to Re-Open Wednesday

City services, early voting and trash collection will resume on Wednesday after Hurricane Sandy.

UPDATE: (6:57 p.m.)—City services and businesses around Annapolis are preparing to re-open their doors on Wednesday after Hurricane Sandy.

The storm flooded City Dock up to Memorial Circle, downed a number of trees and took out power for about one quarter of Anne Arundel County. 

To view all of Annapolis Patch's photos from Hurricane Sandy, click here.

Trash collection

City trash collection will resume on Wednesday with the following modified schedule:

  • Monday’s scheduled collection will be picked up on Wednesday
  • Tuesday’s scheduled collection will be picked up on Thursday
  • Thursday’s scheduled collection will be picked up on Friday
  • Friday’s scheduled collection will be picked up on Saturday

Bulk pickup—that was scheduled for Wednesday—will be picked up on Nov. 7.

Annapolis will also start to collect storm debris on Wednesday as "quickly as resources permit," according to the release. City officials ask that residents place yard waste by the curb as they are able, but to note that it may sit there for a few days.

Parking and Transportation

Mayor Josh Cohen opened the city's four garages to residents who wanted to shelter their vehicles during the hurricane. That free parking will end at midnight on Tuesday, and attendants will begin charging fees. 

City bus service will return on Wednesday, and the Bay Bridge reopened just after 9 a.m. on Tuesday. Maryland public transit was restored on Tuesday with most services—including subway service—expected to be up and running by Wednesday morning.

Early Voting

Gov. Martin O’Malley canceled early voting on Monday and Tuesday due to Hurricane Sandy. To make up for lost time, the polls will be open for additional hours on Wednesday and Thursday from 8 a.m. until 9 p.m. O'Malley also added an additional day of early voting on Friday. 

Annapolis residents can vote early at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Annapolis & Anne Arundel County located at 121 South Villa Ave.

Schools

Anne Arundel County Public School officials have delayed the opening of most county schools by two hours and closed 17 due to power outages, according to a press release. In Annapolis, Tyler Heights Elementary and Georgetown East Elementary will be closed on Wednesday even if they regain power during the night.

The Key School has no damage, but  has only partial power and no water, according to its website. The school has not made a decision yet about Wednesday classes. St. Anne's will open with a two-hour delay.

Annapolis Area Christian School will open its upper and middle schools, but the lower school will be closed due to power loss, according to its website. The school has also canceled Friday's performance of The Crucible. 

The U.S. Naval Academy never lost power and plans to resume classes on Wednesday. The docks in Santee basin were submerged during high tide, but staff members moved the sailboats to a protected area before the storm. 

Power

Baltimore Gas and Electric representatives cautioned customers that additional outages could occur as rain-soaked trees and limbs continue to fall around Anne Arundel County. As of Tuesday at 5 p.m., about 34,000 county residents were still without power.

Additional Flooding

The city's Emergency Preparedness and Risk Management office will monitor the water level at City Dock on Tuesday evening.

"Annapolis’ next high tide is around 6 p.m., and due to the full moon will be an astronomical high tide," according to the release. "Flood waters are expected to reach above the feet at the Alex Haley statue."

City employees sandbagged the Market House Tuesday morning in anticipation that the flood waters might rise past the closed downtown icon. To pass the Market House, the water would need to be 5.2 feet above normal.

Eric Rubin, chairman of the Annapolis Maritime Museum, is keeping watch on the Eastport museum as well.

Hurricane Sandy brought some water into the museum, but Rubin said the staff removed a lot of the items that would have been damaged ahead of time.

"The building is built to drain," Rubin said. "It's not going to be great, but we can clean this up."

He said his main concern was whether the antique boat on the shore beside the museum would be damaged by Tuesday night's high tide.

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