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O'Malley: More than 350,000 Still Without Power in Maryland

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley said dialysis centers were a priority for power companies.

About 378,000 people were still without power in Maryland as of 9 p.m., Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley said in a conference call with the media. Crews were expected to work through the night. 

“A lot of progress was made over the last few hours in Anne Arundel County and Harford County,” O’Malley said, “a little bit in Baltimore County, and also St. Mary’s."

More than 296,000 BGE customers and 28,000 PEPCO customers were still without power, O’Malley said, with the remainder of the outages being handled by Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative.

Richard Muth, director of the Maryland Emergency Management Agency, said there were still 28 state roads closed due to standing water, debris or downed power lines. Only one shelter remained open in the state, in Calvert County, he said.

O'Malley's optimistic tone in the 9 p.m. conference call was in stark opposition to the call at 4 p.m. when he implied he was not satisfied with the response of power companies. More than 450,000 customers were without power at the time, he said.

O’Malley also sounded pleased when detailing new state legislation that demanded nursing homes have the ability to generate back-up power, keeping those at-risk individuals safe from power outages this time around. He said some dialysis centers in Maryland were without power, a problem that would have to be addressed in the future.

Power companies were asked to treat those dialysis centers as a priority, O’Malley said.

He also said the orginal State of Emergency declaration had been amended to include counties left off the initial list.

“All [counties] affected by the storm were added,” O’Malley said. “The president signed the emergency declaration pre-landfall, that had a number of counties in it, and some were concerned that all of them weren’t in it, but the other ones have been added.”

Jack Marszalek August 30, 2011 at 02:33 PM
its a conspiracy... they deliberatly cut the power to those homes in order to keep people in check and keep them scared.. think about who is behind it!!! hotels!! thy make so much money off of this kinda stuff... look and see how many hotels are without power..none!! that storm was weak i had a water bottle sitting on the deck of my pool that didnt even blow over
Fred Mertz August 31, 2011 at 09:49 PM
40%+ of Russett is a jigsaw puzzle of outages. Homes on one side of the street have power but others don't. All our power is UNDERGROUND so it's main feeder issues outside us. I have power but people up the street do not. Low air temperatures are stressing people less. If it was 105°, people would be in even worse shape. 40% of Russett is 1600 homes and about 6000 people without power and rotted food. Some have generators but very few.
cathy eshmont September 30, 2011 at 12:42 AM
If you'd like to join my neighbors in Dunloggin/Howard County in demanding action about BGE's lack of reliability, please add your information and 'like' our new FB page 'Reliability4HOCO'.
cathy eshmont September 30, 2011 at 12:43 AM
If you'd like to join my neighbors in Dunloggin/Howard County in demanding action about BGE's lack of reliability, please add your information and 'like' our new FB page 'Reliability4HOCO'.
cathy eshmont September 30, 2011 at 12:43 AM
If you'd like to join my neighbors in Dunloggin/Howard County in demanding action about BGE's lack of reliability, please add your information and 'like' our new FB page 'Reliability4HOCO'.

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