Electricity restored after storm

February 15, 2006|By ANNIE LINSKEY | ANNIE LINSKEY,SUN REPORTER

Three days after a storm dumped up to 2 feet of snow in areas of the state, utility crews were finishing up the repair yesterday of downed lines and the restoration of electricity to homes.

As of 6 p.m. yesterday, 387 Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. customers in the Baltimore metropolitan area were without power because of the storm, most in Anne Arundel County. Those outages were expected to be fixed by late last night, according to BGE spokeswoman Linda Foy.

Anne Arundel County closed its 60-bed temporary shelter for those without power because of a lack of demand.

"Believe it or not, we're getting back to normalcy," said Michael F. O'Connell, a division chief in the Anne Arundel County Fire Department.

In other areas of the state, the process was faster. In Prince George's County, 100 residents were without power as of yesterday afternoon, said Bob Dobkin, a spokesman for Pepco, but those customers were expected to have power by yesterday evening. Dobkin said there had been about 100,000 without power in Prince George's and Montgomery counties and the District of Columbia.

In Cecil and Harford counties, on the Eastern Shore and in Delaware, all power had been restored within 24 hours, said Merrie Street, a spokeswoman with Delmarva Power, which contended with about 60,000 outages.

Foy blamed the outages in Anne Arundel County on the extent of tree damage.

In the past two days, county caseworkers reached out to about 400 elderly residents to be sure they had heat and could get to doctors' appointments.

"We [are] warm and watching cable," said Donna Buettner, 70, of Severna Park, who had her power back at 10:30 a.m. yesterday. "We don't have that droning noise in the back because of the generator."

annie.linskey@baltsun.com

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