Downed Trees Delaying Power Restoration In Parts Of Baltimore And Howard Counties

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BALTIMORE COUNTY, Md.  (WJZ)—The storm damage reaches far beyond power outages.

Derek Valcourt has a closer look at the problems in Baltimore and Howard counties.

In Howard County, the trees that fell in Roger Davis’ yard took out some major electrical lines.

“This is the worst since we’ve been here. Thirty-five years and we’ve never had anything like that,” he said.

Hundreds of their Howard County neighbors are still waiting for roads to reopen and their power to return.

“And our grandchildren are coming from California, so we are going to have three children in our house, so I really hope it comes on soon,” said Beth Davey.

The storm also left a mess in Ann Wall’s yard.

“Sometimes the house even shook, it was that bad, and we have a brick home,” she said.

“It certainly was a crazy storm,” said Ken Eads.

Eads was inside his Howard County house when a 22-ton tree came crashing down, punching major holes in his roof. He’s just thankful no one was hurt.

“The house is livable, except for no electricity, but we’re surviving through that,” Eads said.

In Baltimore County, all the damage adds up to big business for tree crews.

“This is like a hurricane. This is really bad,” said Jason Davidov.

Just off Old Court Road, Maxine Sisserman’s yard looks like a bomb went off. Power lines are down in her driveway and she, too, is still waiting for BGE.

“Oh my God, I couldn’t believe it. This one took out that one and all the way down,” she said. “I think that should be a priority and we’re not getting any help.”

A huge limb fell at her neighbor’s home, smashing into a roof and air conditioning unit, snapping lines along the way and leaving neighbors here among thousands waiting for relief.

“It’s sweltering. It’s the only thing that’s really the problem at this point is the heat,” said Robin Hiken.

It could take up to a week for everyone to have power again.

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