Maryland’s Governor, Martin O’Malley has declared a state of emergency due to the violent storms that passed through the area last night. You can read the declaration here.
Power Will Take Days To Return
BGE has advised us that they have called in additional crews from our of state (650 in total) to help with the restoration of service which is expected to take several days. If you see downed wires, please stay away and report them to BGE at 877-778-2222. This number is NOT to be used for updates on power restoration. To see the current status of power restoration, please click here. To view the damage in surrounding areas, please visit BGE’s Flickr stream.
Water Emergency In Annapolis
The water plant in Annapolis is experiencing a power failure and is currently running on generators. The plant is NOT at 100% efficiency and the City has requested that residents use water only for essential needs. With power out and downed wires, emergency services are busy and in the event of a fire, will need the full resources of the water plant. The City expects the plant to be restored sometime on July 2nd. If they come back to capacity earlier, we will advise.
With the power out, food will spoil. Most area suppliers of dry ice are reporting that they are out of stock. While there likely is some coolness left in refrigerators and freezers, it is probably best to go through them now and throw out anything that will likely spoil–melting ice cream, meats, etc.
While the heat warnings have been cancelled, certain people are still vulnerable. Please check on your neighbors and especially the elderly and assist them in getting to a local cooling center if needed. Your local cooling center may have restricted hours, but you can check here. Please note that the Pip Moyer Recreation Center in Annapolis was designated as a cooling center is currently without power, so please be prepared to make alternate plans.
Continuing Updates And Information
We have limited access to update the site due to the power outage. For immediate updates and most current photos and information, please follow us on Twitter–@eyeonannapolis (you do not need to have a Twitter accont to view updates). We will be updating our facebook page as well, but not as often.
Please leave a comment about your situation. Do you have power? How are you coping? What businesses have you found to be helpful? Is your power back? Please share your photos on our Facebook page or email them to us at email@example.com. Thanks…stay safe!
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Images from our Facebook page. Top: A tree and wires block Brick Church Road in Riva/Davidsonville. Bottom: A toppled tree in a Crownsville back yard.