Western Maryland recovering from storm damage

April 11, 1991|By Thom Loverro | Thom Loverro,Western Maryland Bureau of The Sun

CUMBERLAND -- More than 5,000 customers in Allegany and Garrett counties remained without power yesterday as a result of a severe storm that came through Western Maryland Tuesday night, a spokesman for Potomac Edison said.

The storm, with winds measured up to 75 mph, knocked down power lines, trees and caused damage to numerous businesses and homes in the area.

After the storm, about 10,000 customers were without power, said John Hollis, Potomac Edison spokesman. He said power was restored to about half of those customers yesterday, with most of the remainder to be back on line today.

Residents in eastern Allegany County and parts of Frostburg and Eckhart were still not hooked back as of yesterday, he said.

Potomac Edison serves about 51,000 customers in the two counties, he said.

Mr. Hollis described damage to the system from the storm as "moderate." He did not have any financial estimate.

The city of Cumberland's water filtration plant was without power until about 1:30 p.m. yesterday, said plant supervisor Cliff Stumpf. He said no problems were reported as a result of the power outage at the plant.

State police at Cumberland reported that debris from the storm, which struck about 8 p.m., had been cleared yesterday afternoon and that all roads were open.

Police reported several homes suffered roof damage. Damage was also reported at several businesses, including the Bon-Ton Department Store at the Country Club Mall in Cumberland. Mall officials were assessing the damage yesterday.

State police in Garrett County reported some window damage to homes and businesses in Grantsville and Swanton.

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