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Lockes Crossing Road to close for repairs

Lockes Crossing Road in Mechanicsville will be closed for repair Saturday, Jan. 26, and Sunday, Jan. 27, between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. The St. Mary’s County Department of Public Works and Transportation will be replacing a culvert under the road, about a half-mile southwest of the road’s intersection with Old Village Road. Dates and times could change due to weather conditions. During construction, motorists can expect changes in traffic patterns and delays. For information call the department at 301-863-8400.

Health department offers flu vaccines

The St. Mary’s County Health Department is offering vaccines for the influenza virus. This year’s vaccinations are designed to protect against three influenza viruses. Immunizations are recommended for everyone older than 6 months, especially those at high risk for complications including children 6 months to 18, adults 50 and older, pregnant women, persons with chronic medical conditions and those with weakened immune systems. The health department offers vaccinations, by appointment only, for $20. Call 301-475-4324 to make an appointment.

Sign up for weather notices

Citizens can sign-up to receive automatic notices for watches, warnings and advisories issued from the National Weather Service. Visit St. Mary’s County’s government page at and follow the instructions to receive weather notices.

Winter storm classifications

The St. Mary’s County Department of Emergency Services and Technology reminds residents of the meaning of winter storm designations:

• Winter storm outlook — winter storm conditions are possible in the next two to five days.

• Winter weather advisory — winter weather conditions are expected to cause significant inconveniences and may be hazardous.

• Winter storm watch — Winter storm conditions are possible within the next 36 to 48 hours.

• Winter storm warning — Life-threatening, severe winter conditions have begun or will begin within 24 hours. People in a warning should take precautions immediately.

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Generators can present hazard

When the power goes out, residents are urged to use caution when using a generator to avoid possible carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless gas that can cause illness and death. The St. Mary’s County Department of Emergency Services and Technology reminds residents that generators require sufficient ventilation and should never be used indoors, inside a garage or under a carport.