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County to provide free water and ice
As of 12:30 p.m. Monday Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative had restored electric service to about 92 percent of households affected by power outages resulting from Friday night’s storm.
The most heavily affected area is Charles County with 3,708 customers still without power. Approximately 118 customers in Calvert County, 503 in Prince George’s County, and 127 in St. Mary’s County are without power, a total of 4,456, according to a news release from SMECO.
A total of 61,745 were without power immediately after the storm at 2:30 a.m. Saturday.
Additional storm damage occurred early Monday morning at about 4 a.m. in the St. Mary’s County area, and delayed repairs to other areas.
Line crews that have been working in St. Mary’s and Calvert counties will start to work in Charles and Prince George’s counties Monday and Tuesday. Barring any additional storm damage, all but a small percentage of SMECO households should have power restored by Monday evening, the release states. Some customers in Charles and Prince George’s counties may not have power restored until Tuesday.
SMECO’s outage restoration policy is to make repairs that will restore service to the most people in the least amount of time, the release states. Transmission lines and substations are repaired first, followed by distribution lines that feed neighborhoods. Tap lines and individual service lines are then repaired to restore power to customers who may still be without electricity.
Customers without power should call SMECO’s outage hotline at 877-74-SMECO or 877-747-6326.
Residents without power are reminded to use generators outdoors, use gas and charcoal grills outdoors, and use flashlights instead of candles.
Charles County distributing ice
The Charles County Department of Emergency Services has arranged for water and ice distribution for Charles County residents from 1 until 5 p.m. Monday, July 2. Water and ice distribution will take place at Nanjemoy Community Center at 4375 Port Tobacco Road in Nanjemoy.
Residents picking up ice and/or water should be prepared to show proof of Charles County residency.
Each person can pick up one case of water and one 40-pound bag of ice.
Go to www.CharlesCountyMD.gov.
Charles County enacts debris management plan
Charles County has opened the county’s convenience centers at the landfill at 12305 Billingsley Road in Waldorf, Gilbert Run center at 13140 Charles St. in La Plata, Pisgah center at 6645 Mason Springs Road in Pisgah and Breeze Farm center at 15950 Cobb Island Road in Cobb Island.
Centers will be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. July 2 and 3 and July 5 to 7, but will be closed July 4.
Citizens choosing to have their vegetative debris picked at curbside should contact the Department of Public Works at 301-932-9038 or 301-932-3440 and give their name and address. Leave information during off hours.
Vegetative debris should be placed alongside the road in lengths no greater than 12 feet. There is no charge for curbside debris removal service, and service will begin Monday.