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County Executive Owens Lifts Voluntary Evacuation Notice

Closes Emergency Operation Center

Annapolis, MD (June 28, 2006) - Anne Arundel County Executive Janet S. Owens announced the voluntary evacuation for portions of Maryland City including the Brock Bridge area has been lifted. Residents that took advantage of the shelter are back home this morning.

"All Departments worked very hard to reach our citizens and prepare them for the storm, in particular, the Police Department whose members walked door-to-door alerting residents in both English and Spanish," said County Executive Owens. "I would also like to thank the residents who took the storm seriously, listened to our suggestions, and utilized the shelter provided," she added.

The EOC was activated early Tuesday at 12:01 a.m. with the animal friendly shelter opening at the Maryland City Fire Station Number 27 Monday night.

During the storm, the Anne Arundel County Police Department walked door-to-door alerting 900 residents in both English and Spanish, that voluntary evacuations were in effect. The department also placed 800 reverse 911-calls, notifying residents of the voluntary evacuation.

At 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, June 28, the EOC reported all residents left the shelter, and it is now officially closed. As of Noon, the EOC has returned to normal operations.


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