Anne Arundel County Storm Update
Annapolis, MD (April 16, 2007) - Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold is urging residents to monitor the weather and be prepared for potential flooding and high winds. The County Executive has compiled the information below to assist the media in getting information to the public regarding the storm.
According to BGE, Anne Arundel County currently has about 2,500 residents without power. Power outages are being reported near the Lipins Corner area in Pasadena and in Summers Run in the Piney Orchard area.
The Department of Public Works is reporting several roads closed at this time. Roads are being reopened as floodwaters recede but currently the roads below remain closed as of 9:00a.m., Mon 4/16:
Roads being monitored, but passable at this time:
Benfield Blvd Utility Construction Project Related flooding - stormwater blocked by temp patches-- Northern District opened a SD manhole to relieve standing water. For more information, contact Robert Loomis at (410) 222-7042
Inspections and Permits is reporting no structural damage due to high winds. The County's two dams are intact. For more information, contact Pam Jordan (410) 222-7502.
The Office of Emergency Management (OEM) will continue to watch this storm system throughout the day. OEM staff were working on Sunday monitoring potential flooding and storm water concerns as well as maintaining contact and receiving updates from MEMA and the NOAA weather service. We are expecting high winds today with steady 25-30 mph wind speeds and gusts to 60 mph. OEM staff are in contact with BGE and have been advised their crews are working hard to restore the roughly 2,500 customers currently out of power. The combination of strong winds and saturated ground increase the likelihood for down trees and wires. OEM will have staff members maintaining contact with our various county agencies to meet any needs. We will be partaking in a noon time conference call to get the latest weather outlook from MEMA and the NOAA weather service. For further information contact OEM staff at (410) 222-0600.
The Police Department’s 911 Center is continuing to monitor calls for service regarding storm related matter. These incidents would include road hazards due to standing water, fallen trees or power outages effecting major roadways. In addition, officers on routine patrol are remaining cognizant of storm related hazards needed attention and requiring notification to other county agencies. At this point in time, no major road closures have been reported due to storm related hazards. However, various secondary roadways have been affected and are constantly being monitored. For more information contact:
Lt. David Waltemeyer, Public Information Officer at (410) 222-8700.
The Anne Arundel County Fire Department is reporting, since 1900 hours yesterday the Fire Department has answered about eighteen (18) calls for powerlines/wires down.
The Fire Department suggests that all residents take the appropriate precautions:
For more information contact Battalion Chief Michael Cox at (410) 222-8205.
The Department of Health has "Storms and Floods: Health and Safety Tips" on its Website. The site includes information on storm preparedness and recovery, disinfecting well water after a flood, food safety in a power outage, portable generator hazards and mold. For more information contact: Elin Jones, Public Information Officer, Department of Health at (410) 222-4508.