UPDATE: BGE Making Progress in Restoring Power

Nearly 60,000 residents are still without power in Anne Arundel County and it could be days before power is fully restored.

UPDATE (5:30 p.m.)—Many people in Anne Arundel County went to sleep Saturday night hoping that they'd wake up with power. For some, that actually happened but there are still nearly 60,000 county residents without power on Sunday.

On Saturday night, Baltimore Gas and Electric (BGE) still showed more than 93,000 outages in Anne Arundel County on the online outage map. On Sunday afternoon, the map showed 58,655 outages—with more than 70,000 customers' power restored since the start of the restoration effort on Friday.

Anne Arundel County opened on Friday and added after the storm. The school, located at 2700 Riva Rd., will stay open as a cooling center from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Sunday. The four police district community rooms are also available as cooling centers 24/7.

In addition, the two county swim centers—located at 2690 Riva Rd. in Annapolis and 7888 Crain Highway in Glen Burnie—will be open again for those seeking a shower from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Anne Arundel County Public Library branches are closed on Sunday following their regular schedule.

Gov. Martin O'Malley in Maryland on Saturday. Patch reported that action gives the state flexibility to activate the Maryland National Guard and provide assistance to local emergency managers, if necessary. 

According to a press release from BGE, more than 2,000 utility workers are either actively working to restore power or are on their way to central Maryland. The effort to restore power is expected to continue throughout the upcoming week.

"BGE’s balanced approach to restoring electric service prioritizes outages affecting public safety and critical infrastructure in all parts of its service area, however, the backbone of the utility’s electric distribution system, its 33 kilovolt (kV) power lines, which supply power to substations, sustained significant damage," said Jeannette M. Mills, vice president and chief customer officer for BGE, in a press release. "Those lines must be repaired or replaced before any of the equipment downstream can be repaired. As a result, outage durations have been extended for some customers.

"Given the scope and magnitude of the damage we’re seeing thus far, we fully anticipate restoration activities to extend deep into this week.”

BGE encourages customers to report outages and downed wires by calling 877-778-2222 but said customers should only report their outage once.

Traffic Signals
The Maryland Emergency Management Agency reminds drivers that when traffic lights are out, treat them as a four-way stop.

Limit Unnecessary Water Usage
The county's water is safe to drink, according to the Department of Public Works. Residents in the north and west sections of Anne Arundel County and the city of Annapolis are being asked to limit water usage until July 2 due to a loss of power at water treatment facilities. This request is to ensure there is adequate water pressure for firefighters or other emergency operations.

Assistance for Pets
The county announced that Animal Control will be open as a cooling center for pets from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, but animals have to be in a crate. If the owners don't have one, the animal must be on a leash and Animal Control will find a crate for them. 

Animal Control will provide water, but owners are asked to bring their own bowl, food and anything else they might need for the animal. Owners must also stay with their pets.

In addition, PetSmart is offering their stores as pet cooling stations.

2601 Housley Rd., Annapolis
Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday through Saturday
Water for pets available, restrooms available
Pets must be on a leash
Contact: Terri Lee at 410-571-8646

Glen Burnie PetSmart
24 Mountain Rd., Glen Burnie
Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday through Saturday
Water for pets available, restrooms available
Pets must be on a leash
Contact: Jennifer Sexton, 410-766-6190

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Melanie July 02, 2012 at 10:12 PM
forecasters have been telling us since Isabelle how to prepare for an event such as this one ie: water, food, GENERATOR. I think you've been watching too much T.V. and Tide commercials from the hurricane events south. We are not nearly as bad as what happened in New Orleans. Give me a break!
Melanie July 02, 2012 at 10:25 PM
Thank you, Ronald, Aaron, Thomas! I have a family of BGE employees and while a large number are out of a convenience, I am out two of my family members who have been working 16 hour days (in the 100+ heat) to get these complainers' electricity back on. If you have a medical condition, or large family or animals that need care, GET A GENERATOR! Everyone has been bombarded since Isabelle with ways to BE PREPARED!!! It's time people take some responsibility for taking care of themselves. As far as the "we're always last" whining, how do you know where you fall in the scheme of electric restoration? There are a lot of variables involved in restoring power and these whiners need to be more informed. As for asking when you will be back on, the person you are speaking to at BGE really doesn't know, either. It's simply a guesstimate on their part, so stop asking. It will come on when it comes on! When you see someone working on the road to helping you get your power back on.... THANK THEM!!
Bruce Dixon July 03, 2012 at 02:22 AM
Thanks linemen I am now cooling off as you sweat bullets to get everyone else back on the grid!!
Kim Ritter July 04, 2012 at 12:52 AM
Thanks BGE for working so hard to restore our power. Ours just came back on about an hour ago, and as inconvenient as the last 4 days have been, I am well aware that it could have been much worse. Our food has spoiled but my family, pets and house are all ok
Carroll Burrows July 04, 2012 at 01:51 AM
Our power went off Friday night at around 11:00 p.m June 29. A very kind neighbor let us share his generator to keep our food cold, we monitored a generator for the folks across the street who had to leave town, many neighbors walked thru the neighborhood making sure that everyone was ok - offers of help were made daily, my sister-in-law and brother-in-law - who had power - couldn't have been kinder...they had us over for dinner several times, we showered there, YES, coffee, ice and gas were a bit hard to come by at first but we all survived and pitched in to make do. Tonight at 7:45 p.m. July 3 we pulled into our Edgewater Beach community and there were BG&E trucks everywhere - we were greeted by a BG&E Rep. who said please go to your home and see if you have power - if you don't come back here and we'll make sure you get it....we went home...WE HAVE POWER!!! HOORAY!!! MANY THANKS BG&E AND ALL YOUR OUT OF STATE HELPERS!!! GREAT JOB!!! It was a challenge for everyone but we're all safe and well. Thank God. There are a lot of good people in this town.....thanks to everyone who helped lend a hand. Carroll B.


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