Snow Emergency Update #7

| December 20, 2009 | 2 Comments

County Executive Leopold Updates Residents on Storm Response

Annapolis, MD (December 20, 2009) – County Executive John R. Leopold today thanked drivers on the midnight shift as crews began to re-treat main roads and move into residential areas.

“Public health and safety are the primary responsibilities of government, and this historic snow storm has tested our capabilities in a difficult budget,” County Executive Leopold said after visiting the Northern District Yard.  “I have to commend our drivers, customer service representatives and staff on their dedication to get our citizens moving again.”

Approximately 135 salt spreading and/or plow trucks are working on County roads at this time. Salt supplies were full at the start of this event with an estimated 11,650 tons in the seven road district salt barns. Approximately 2,548 tons of salt has been loaded onto trucks at this time.

Road and bridge temperatures are at or below freezing but rising at this hour, according to our bridge and pavement sensors. Arterial and collector roads are being plowed at this time. In certain areas crews have begun to enter residential neighborhoods. Roads are snow covered, but passable for vehicles with adequate clearance. Motorists should expect narrowed or blocked lanes due to heavy snow accumulations.

“The Department of Public Works Call Center is currently staffed 24-hours a day to address the needs and concerns of our citizens,” County Executive Leopold said.  “Call your local road district with questions or concerns.”

Road Operations contact information:

Northern District         (410) 222-6120
Central District           (410) 222-7940
Southern District         (410) 222-1933

Since snow started falling Friday, the Police Department reported 195 vehicle collisions.  The Fire Department reported 320 calls for service, which include calls for fires, vehicle collisions and medical assistance.  One man was treated this morning for respiratory distress while he was outside shoveling snow.  Residents are urged to use caution and take breaks from clearing snow, and are asked to clear fire hydrants for emergency vehicles.

For more information, go to www.aacounty.org/dpw

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