BGE to begin work on sites affected by Isabel storm

Electrical, gas repairs planned in Westminster

November 05, 2003|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. will soon begin repair work on the electrical infrastructure in and around Westminster after an evaluation in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Isabel found 42 sites that need maintenance or equipment replacements, according to company representatives.

The repairs are expected to be completed by Dec. 20, said Dewane Daley, BGE's supervisor of customer reliability management, at a public meeting held Monday to discuss the company's response to Isabel and other utility concerns.

Several residents questioned why the neighborhood surrounding Anchor and Green streets was left in the dark as long as five days while power was restored on surrounding streets.

In Carroll County, half of the utility's 52,000 customers were without power at the height of the storm.

Even though a major feeder serving customers in that area was restored within 15 hours of the reported outage, individual fuses also blew, Daley said.

Trees were the cause of most outages, he said.

BGE is expected this week to begin repair work on gas mains in the intersection of Green and Anchor streets, where a sinkhole disrupted service to about 50 homes in July. Residents have reported smelling gas since then.

The job - expected to be completed next month - will also include repairs on gas lines along Anchor Street to Chase Street. Road closures are not expected, Daley said.

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