Cumberland Times-News

October 30, 2012

Allegany not unscathed in storm

Nearly 6,500 residents without electricity

Jeffrey Alderton
Cumberland Times-News

— CUMBERLAND — Power outages, flooded basements, event cancellations and reduced travel continued late Tuesday for tri-state residents dealing with the local punch of superstorm Sandy.

Although no injuries were reported by local emergency centers, residents throughout the region continued to deal with downed trees and disruptions in electrical service.

In Allegany County, nearly 6,500 residents remained without electrical service late Tuesday afternoon.

About 6 inches of wet snow fell in the Frostburg area.

Travel conditions were returning to normal and a temporary reduction of the speed limit of Interstate 68 to 45 mph was lifted at noon on Tuesday.

Motorists were still being urged to exercise caution according to weather and road conditions.

The snow emergency plan remained in effect in Garrett County Tuesday afternoon. The snow plan placed in effect for the area from Clarysville to the Garrett County line at 3:30 a.m. Monday was lifted by state police at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Both Allegany and Garrett counties canceled school for Wednesday.

At the Allegany County 911 emergency center, dispatchers handled nearly 100 calls for service from midnight to late Tuesday morning. Most of the calls involved downed power lines and tree limbs and flooded basements.

“Most of the calls came from the western side of the county — Mount Savage, Clarysville, Frostburg, Midland, Lonaconing and along Georges Creek. The west side was hit worse than the  rest of the county,” said 911 dispatcher Jason Morgan.

The emergency center also alerted the Allegany County Collapse Team and Mount Savage Volunteer Fire Department to a collapse of a wall of a structure in the 14700 block of Mullaney Street in Mount Savage. Units were alerted shortly after 10 p.m. on Monday. No injuries were reported.

At 12:15 a.m. Tuesday, the center was notified by Maryland State Police of a voluntary evacuation of residents of the Locust Grove area due to the rising Wills Creek and local flooding.

In Mineral County, W.Va., the 911 center handled about 140 storm-related calls from Sunday night through Tuesday, mostly for downed trees and electrical outages.

More than 2,000 residents, mostly in the western end of the county, remained without power late Tuesday.

Hampshire County “fared well” during the storm, according to Jerry Loudin, chief of operations at the Hampshire County 911 center.

“We had five or six trees down that were removed by volunteer fire companies and the Department of Highways, some stopped culverts and two minor accidents. We also had about a thousand people without electricity and that is down to about 300 now,” said Loudin at about 2 p.m. on Tuesday.

Contact Jeffrey Alderton at jlalderton@times-news.com.