Two Maryland state senators urged state regulators on Thursday to fine Pepco and Baltimore Gas and Electric more than $100 million each for the long power outages residents suffered during and after a powerful summer storm that swept across the state in late June.
The temperature rises and the power is still out for thousands.
More than 75,000 people are spending the Fourth of July without electricity or air conditioning. Widespread power outages continue, five days after a violent storm.
Sixteen Baltimore County public schools remained without power Wednesday afternoon as efforts continue to restore operations at all schools affected by last Friday’s storm.
Day three and the lights are still out for tens of thousands. The heat turned deadly as cleanup continues around the region from this monstrous storm.
The storm damage reaches far beyond power outages. Across Baltimore County, the sound of generators and chainsaws echo through neighborhoods.
Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold has lifted restrictions on water use throughout the county, except for Herald Harbor, and has ordered that cooling centers remain open until power is restored to the remaining 40,000 homes and businesses.
A day after seeking refuge at shopping malls and movie theaters, hoping the lights would be back on when they returned, 3 million residents faced a grim reality Sunday: stifling homes, spoiled food and a looming commute filled with knocked-out stoplights.
Anne Arundel County residents who can’t get water from their wells because of power outages can fill water bottles at the Broadcreek Water Treatment plant.
It could be a week before power is restored in the Washington region.
BGE is working to restore power to about 418,000 customers in central Maryland after the violent thunderstorm that blew through the area, but the utility says “a large number” of customers should expect to be without power for several days — and some people will be without power until late next week.
About a million Marylanders were without power shortly before the sun came up, similar to the number that lost power in 2003 when Tropical Storm Isabel hit the state.