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Most Electricity Restored In Carroll County After Winter Storm Downs Power Lines

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WESTMINSTER, Md. (WJZ)— BGE has restored electricity to hundreds of customers in Carroll County. But new outages are possible as temperatures drop and refreezing begins.

Rochelle Ritchie has more on the outages associated with the storm.

The temperature has started to drop in Carroll County, so it’s important for BGE crews to work around-the-clock to get power restored.

Trees weighed down by the weight of wet snow fell on top of several power lines in Carroll County, knocking the electricity out and leaving many without heat.

“Usually they come out bundled up. Usually, they’re coming out and they’re waving, thanking us. They’re definitely bundled up if they’ve been without electricity,” said a BGE crew worker.

Since the storm hit Sunday, a total of 26,000 BGE customers lost power. Luckily, more than 95 percent of them have been restored.

“Right now we have less than 200 customers remaining out of power, the majority of them in Carroll County,” said Rachael Lighty, BGE spokeswoman.

As the snow continues to melt, more could lose their power.

While the height of the storm is over, sleet and ice are on the way.

BGE plans to keep all of its 950 employees on standby to keep the lights on.

“On Sunday we began the process of mobilizing more than 950 BGE employees and crews. They’ve been actively involved in restoration work, whether they’re in the field or in the call center taking our customers calls. They remain on the system to restore power to customers as quickly and as safely as possible. They’ve been out in the field all day today making great progress putting customers back into service,” Lighty said.

Because most of what has melted will most likely freeze overnight, power lines and trees can get heavy and then we can have this situation of power outages once again.

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