Ulman said he spoke with BGE President Kenneth DeFontes Jr. just before Sandy hit to stress that maintaining power to the county's treatment plant was "our top priority.''
BGE spokesman Gould said the restoring power to the plant was a priority as well for the utility, but repair crews had to wait several hours for high winds to abate so they could work safely on the overhead wires.
Ulman said that while it may not be possible to prevent any damage from extreme storms, he considered the power failure "unacceptable." He vowed to do what it takes to see such a breakdown doesn't happen again.
"Clearly there's an expense side to it, but when it's a piece of infrastructure that's this critical, we've got to look very seriously at upgrading the power capabilities there," he said.
"If there is any kind of showing up the plant from a generation perspective," BGE's Gould said, "that is something we'd be happy to talk to the county about. But that is something they'd have to make the decision on."
Baltimore Sun Media Group reporter Sara Toth contributed to this article.
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