Accidents disrupt utility service to Reisterstown-Glyndon, Ruxton

October 11, 1997|By Robert A. Erlandson | Robert A. Erlandson,SUN STAFF

Two sections of Baltimore County were inconvenienced by utility problems yesterday when a ruptured main cut water service to 30,000 homes and businesses in the Reisterstown-Glyndon area, and a backhoe accident disrupted power and telephone service in part of Ruxton.

The 24-inch main break, reported shortly before 10 a.m., occurred near a valve at the pumping station at Reisterstown and Pleasant Hill roads, leaving customers with low or no pressure.

Eight county schools closed early, and residents caused a run on bottled water at supermarkets before the stores, too, closed because of the water problems. The city-operated system was restoring service by diverting the water through other lines.

About 10: 30 a.m., at Ruxton Road and Bellona Avenue, the brakes failed on a backhoe and it knocked over a utility pole -- which pulled down three others, cutting electrical service to more than 1,700 homes and damaging two Bell Atlantic telephone cables.

Within two hours, service had been restored to all but 34 Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. customers, a BGE spokesman said.

A Bell Atlantic spokesman said he did not know how many customers were affected.

Pub Date: 10/11/97

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