Power Outages Still A Huge Concern For Marylanders

BALTIMORE (WJZ)—A few days later and many of us are still digging out from that big snowstorm earlier this week. This is an all too familiar sight across Baltimore. Most of the main roads are clear, but side streets are still a mess. Of course, each night there is concern that untreated grounds will refreeze.

Weijia Jiang has more on another huge concern—power outages.

For the first time since they lost power on Wednesday night, the Harrison family is leaving their Curtis Bay house to stay with family.

“We’ve slept in the cold, and it’s not good,” said Randy Harrison.

“It’s been very cold, quiet and dark. Our homes are very vulnerable. No police presence, people can’t use facilities, food has spoiled,” said Kathleen Harrison.

“We pay our bill like everyone else,” Randy Harrison said, “We need our lights on.”

They are among the 200,000 some Marylanders who lost service during the thunder snowstorm that crippled the area.

Despite the many trees that fell on top of power lines, BGE crews have restored most customers—progress that means nothing to the Harrisons and their dozens of neighbors left in the dark.

“Every time I call they’re like, ‘We’ll be there, we’ll be there, we’ll be there,’ said Theresa Tracy, a Curtis Bay resident.

“I don’t understand what’s taking so long to get this section,” said Craig Urban, also of Curtis Bay. “It’s crazy.”

Of course, it’s not just power outages causing problems. Even days after the storm some streets have yet to see a snow plow, which makes for a dangerous situation.

So if you don’t have really good four-wheel drive, you’re stuck.

Some vehicles are still stuck on the side of the road after drivers abandoned them in gridlock—signs of frustration all around.

After pulling 12-14 hour days, BGE crews will be back to work 6 a.m. Saturday to restore power to about 7,000 customers who are still without electricity.


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