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Harford Co. Neighborhood Without Power For 48 Hours

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FOREST HILL, Md. (WJZ)–The headline continues to be the heat. On Sunday, Maryland again baked under the sizzling sun.

Derek Valcourt reports from Harford County, where hundreds are trying to beat the heat without power.

The good news for some of those folks is that their power has just come on within the last hour. But temperatures inside their homes are really as hot as the temperatures outside. They have been without power for more than 48 hours, smack in the middle of one of the worst heat waves.  Residents in Forest Hill say it’s a reoccurring problem that could be prevented.

“It’s very dangerous. I have small children–a 2 year old and a 5 year old.  Our home upstairs is in the 90s,” said one resident. 

“Friday it went off, and they said it would be back on in a few hours. We had a party planned. Had to send everyone home,” said a Forest Hill resident.

“Many of us have small children. There are many elderly in the neighborhood, pets. We have all suffered these last 48 hours,” one resident said.

BGE admits there are recurring problems on the lines that service this neighborhood. BGE can normally reroute power through another line. But this time around, the lines have so much power being used because everyone is turning on their air conditioning to beat the heat.

BGE says it plans to invest $5 million over the next few years to fix some of the problems and will meet with neighbors to discuss those plans.

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