Trash facilities reopen

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January 28, 2000

Trash facilities reopen; collections to resume

The county's drop-off facilities for residential trash and recycling were reopened yesterday, and contractors were instructed to resume normal collection services where roads have been sufficiently cleared of snow.

The Department of Public Works had canceled curbside collections of trash, recyclables and yard waste and closed the drop-off sites Tuesday and Wednesday because of the storm.

Those who missed scheduled collections should place refuse out on the next scheduled pickup date, making sure that cans, bins and bags are accessible and not blocked by "mounded" snow, the department said.

If recycling bins are full, the department suggested using another container -- or picking up an additional bin, available free at the residential drop-off facilities in Millersville and Glen Burnie (open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily), and Sudley (8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday).

The storm also forced cancellation of bulk-item pickups scheduled. Residents who had arranged pickups will be contacted to reschedule.

The mobile recycling collection on the parking lot at Crofton Elementary School will be closed tomorrow, the department said.

For information on the department's solid-waste facilities or collection schedules, call 410- 222-6100.

Prevent basement flooding, fire department urges

Despite subfreezing temperatures and the possibility of more snow and ice by Sunday, the county fire department is urging residents to get ready for the eventual meltdown and prevent basement flooding.

Battalion Chief John M. Scholz, a department spokesman, said residents should shovel snow from the foundation of the house and ensure that there will be adequate drainage from the structure when temperatures warm above freezing.

Scholz also recommended testing the operation of sump pumps.

Annapolis woman injured in rush-hour crash on I-97

A 32-year-old Annapolis woman escaped with minor injuries yesterday when her car ran out of control on northbound Interstate 97 during the morning rush hour and flipped onto its side, ejecting her onto the snow-covered median.

Stefanie Burns of the 800 block of Dreams Landing Way was flown by helicopter to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where she was released after being treated for a strained spine, state police said.

The accident just before 8: 20 a.m. backed up traffic in both directions on the interstate for about an hour, said Trooper David Marshall.

Burns was driving a green, 1992 Oldsmobile Cutlass in the left northbound lane when the car veered to the left, spun around, hit a guardrail and flipped, Marshall said.

Burns, who was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected through the driver's-side window, Marshall said.

Traffic was backed up for miles until about 9: 20 a.m. as the road was closed so the MedEvac helicopter could land.

Two-alarm fire destroys Crownsville barn, vehicles

A Crownsville barn used as a lounge for school bus drivers was destroyed along with several vehicles early yesterday in a two-alarm fire of unknown cause, the county fire department reported.

A neighbor across the street from the barn in the 1400 block of St. Stephens Church Road reported the fire shortly before 4 a.m. when he saw smoke coming from the building. Firefighters arrived to find the 40-by-80-foot barn engulfed in flames, with a liquid propane tank inside leaking.

The barn and an adjacent bus lot are owned by Robert A. Gaug, a school bus contractor, the department said.

No one was injured in the fire, and no buses in the Gaug fleet were damaged as firefighters contained the blaze to the building -- which was destroyed along with a pickup truck, an all-terrain vehicle and several tractors stored inside, the department said.

Nearly 60 firefighters battled the blaze.

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