SANDY STRIKES
Wednesday, 31 October 2012 12:14

 

Residents of Dundalk Avenue clear their street’s drains and gutters in anticipation of Sandy’s arrival. More photos of the effects of the storm below.
photo by Roland Dorsey

Historic storm brings heavy wind and rain

Hurricane Sandy roared through the mid-Atlantic region this week, bringing heavy rain and wind to the Dundalk-Edgemere area, along with the associated flooding, wind damage and power outages.
    Baltimore Gas & Electirx reported that over 77 percent of affected custom had their power restored by midday Wednesday. Customers are urged to report downed wires, as well as power outages, by calling 877-778-2222. Updated information about power restoration efforts, as well as post-storm safety tips, can be found at www.bge.com.
    As of 11 a.m. Wednesday, about 28,000 Baltimore County homes remained without power.
    Baltimore County annouced plans to distribute water at all fire stations and volunteer fire houses (bring your own containers) and that tree and yard debris could be deposited at dumpsters at selected county fire stations, including the Eastview Fire Station at 1056 Old North Point Road (near Merritt Boulevard).
    Most county services, including trash and recycling pickups, returned to normal operations on Wednesday, but 17 county schools were closed Wednesday due to power-related issues, including Dundalk High School and Norwood Elementary School.
    It was announced that county libraries and senior centers will be open and available for use as warming centers for those still without power.
    Updated information is available at http://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/Alert/alert.html.
    The Baltimore City Department of Public Works advised citizens to beware of possible Public Works impostors, who may pose as city water workers and seek to gain illegal admittance into your home. A press release stressed the following:
    - Department of Public Works employees are not authorized to enter your home without your permission.
    - Employees wear uniforms and have photo ID.  Always ask to see a Baltimore City employee identification card which includes a photograph.
    - Report any and all suspicious activity to the Police by calling 911.
    The Baltimore Humane Society reported that power has been out at its no-kill shelter since Monday afternoon and they are struggling to care for animals as conditions continue to go downhill.  The facility’s main backup generator is now out and deliveries of Science Diet pet food and cat litter have been canceled for the entire week.
    - The Humane Society asked for the following assistance from the public:
    - Donations of Science Diet Dog and Cat Food – any variety, wet or dry
    - Donations of non-clumping kitty litter
    - Monetary contributions to help aid restoration efforts.  They can be made on our website at: http://www.bmorehumane.org/donate/contribute.  Or checks can be mailed to 1601 Nicodemus Road, Reisterstown, MD  21136
    - Laundry — massive amounts of laundry are piling up and the society seeks volunteers to take some loads.
    - Donation or loan of a 5000-watt generator.
    Examples of the storm’s impact on the area include (below, top to bottom):  Roland Dorsey's shots of Monday road flooding at Dunmanway and Liberty Parkway and in Watersedge, a rain-soaked athletic field in Watersedge and a depth gauge ready to measure the water collecting on North Point Road; Dotty Christy's photos of flooding on 12th Street, Chesapeake Avenue, and Peach Orchard Road, two views of flooded Sparrows Point Country Club parking lots, wind damage at Blue Fin's on Wise Avenue, more flooding at 12th Street and Cuckold Point Road and on Chesapeake Avenue; at bottom, Chesapeake Avenue may have been impassable by car, but Cara Mosley got around just fine in her paddleboat, as a photo taken by her mother, Angie Sanders, shows.