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October 31: Efforts Continue to Clear Roads, Assist Citizens Without Power

11 a.m.: Libraries, Senior Centers Available as Warming Centers For Those Without Power

County libraries and senior centers are open and available for use as warming centers for those still without power. Malls and movie theaters also are a good option for people who are uncomfortably cold at home.

BGE continues to work around the clock to restore power to 28,000 Baltimore County households.

10:45 a.m.: Police Remind Motorists: It's Against the Law to Drive Through Non-Working Intersections

Now that motorists are returning to the road, police remind drivers that state law now requires them to stop at intersections with non-working traffic lights and to treat the intersection as if it is a four-way stop. Failure to stop is a traffic violation and may result in a fine.

10 a.m.: EOC Scheduled to Shut Down at Noon

Emergency Management officials remain in the Emergency Operations Center. Activities throughout the County are returning to normal, but 28,000 households remain without power. Officials continue to make sure these citizens' needs are met while BGE works to restore power.

Public safety and public works crews continue to clear roadways of trees and debris.

The EOC is scheduled to close at noon.

October 30: County Continues Storm Response  As Hurricane Sandy Moves North 

7:35 p.m.: 17 Public Schools Closed Tomorrow

Baltimore County Public Schools have announced that 17 schools will be closed tomorrow due to lack of power. Details are available at www.bcps.org.

5:10 p.m. County Offices Open Tomorrow

Baltimore County government offices will open for business tomorrow, Wednesday, as usual.

4:30 p.m.: Trash, Recycling Collection

Wednesday trash and recycling collection will take place as scheduled.

2:30 p.m.: Eastern Technical High Shelter Will Close at 7 p.m.

The shelter at Eastern Technical High will close at 7 p.m. The lobby will remain open until 11 p.m. as a waiting area for residents who want to wait until after high tide to pass before returning to their homes.

11:30 a.m.: Roads Affected by Hurricane Sandy

Police and Fire officials urge residents to avoid driving, even though conditions are beginning to improve. The clearer the roads of traffic, the faster county workers and BGE will be able to remove fallen trees and downed wires so that the region can return to normal.

Also, flooding and fallen trees and wires continue to pose a hazard to motorists. We are providing a list of roads believed by public safety and public works officials to be affected by the storm at this time. This is a fluid list;  we are receiving new reports of road problems even as we clear roads.

  • Cuckold Point RD/7thH & 8th
  • North Point Blvd at Old Battle Grover Rd.
  • North Point Rd. at Beachwood Rd.
  • Turkey Point Rd/Old Turkey Point Rd
  • Golden Ring Rd at Kenwood Ave.
  • Harford Road at Skylark Ct
  • 1727 Cherry Garden Rd.
  •  2446 Holly Neck Rd.
  • 1827 Back River Neck Rd.
  • 2801 Bay Dr.
  • 601 Stoneleigh Rd.
  • 1202 Molesworth Rd.
  • 11300 Raphel Rd.
  • Oakleigh Rd. at White Oak Ave.
  • 9105 Chesapeake Ave.
  • Windsor Mill Rd. at Gwynn Oak Ave.
  • Gwynn Oak Ave. at Purnell Dr.
  • 5 Cool Spring Ct.
  • Buckingham Rd. at Rockridge Rd.
  • Buckingham Rd. at Prince George Rd.
  • Bellona Ave. at Malvern Ave.
  • Circle Road at Ruxton Rd.
  • Buckingham Road at Liberty Road
  •  I-695  (Providence/Dulaney Valley Rd.)
  • Milford Mill Rd. at Scotts Level Rd.
  • York Road at Cockeysville Road.
  • York Road at Belfast Road
  • Bucks Schoolhouse Road at Ridge Rd.
  • Silver Spring Rd. at Yvonne Ave.
  • Sulphur spring Road at Selford Rd.
  • 1017 Pleasant Valley Dr.
  • Goucher Blvd at Fairmount Ave.
  • 1518 Ingleside Ave.
  • 1230 Providence Rd.
  • 6517 Dogwood Rd.
  • Dogwood Rd. and Franklintown Rd.
  • Ingleside Ave. at Woodsdale Rd.
  • 801 South Wind Ct.
  • Charles Street Ave. and W. Joppa Rd.
  • Goucher Blvd and Fairmount Ave.
  • Fairmount Ave. and Towsongate Dr.
  • 6618 Ebenezer Rd.
  • 1521 Providence Rd.
  • Bowleys Quarters Rd. and Clarks Point Rd.
  • Cherry Garden Rd. and Back River Neck Rd.
  • 2000 block Holly Neck Rd.
  • Back River Neck Road and Diffendall Rd.
  • 2105 Holly Neck Rd.
  • Pulaski Highway and Ebenezer Rd.
  • Back River Neck Rd. & Holly Neck Rd.
  • 2531 Barrison Point Rd.
  • 6847 Ebenezer Rd.
  • 925 Bowleys Quarters Rd.
  • Bevans Lane and Bird River Rd.
  • 4 Opie Rd.
  • Windsor Mill Rd. and Gwynn Oak Ave.
  • White Marsh Blvd. and Crossroads Cr.
  • 6815 Ebenezer Rd.
  • 2225 Seneca Rd.
  • 1322 Bowleys Quarters Rd.
  • Jones road and CSX Railway
  • E/B Pulaski Hwy and Jones Rd.
  • Bird River Grove Rd. and Ebenezer Rd.
  • E/B Pulaski Hwy and Days Cove Rd.
  • W/B White Marsh Blvd. and Eastern Blvd.
  • Ebenezer Road and Harewood Rd.
  • Burke Rd. and Bowleys Quarters Rd.
  • Queens Purchase Road and Hartland Rd.
  • Mace Ave. and Christian Ave.
  • Greenspring Ave. and Garrison Forest Rd.
  • 606 Seabrook Rd.
  • River Rd. and Frederick Rd.
  • Windsor Mill Rd. and Mayfield Ave.
  • 5811 Ebenezer Rd.
  • 12400 Jerusalem Rd.
  • 7021 Ruxford Dr./7 Belair Rd.
  • Greenspring Ave. and Baublitz Rd.
  • Dairy Road & Glen Dairy Ct.
  • 1209 Lake Falls Rd.
  • Mays Chapel between Bomont Ct. & Chapel Ridge Rd.
  • Hoffman and AA County line
  • Papermill Road & Poplar Hill Road
  • Reynolds Rd. and Bradshaw Rd.
  • 7931 Dalrose Ave.
  • 6041 Moorehead Rd.
  • 216 N. Marlyn Ave.
  • Grace's Quarters Rd. and Eastern Ave.
  • 347 Upperlanding Rd.
  • Beechfield Ave & Wilkens Ave
  • Edmondson Ave & Small Ct.
  • 2925 New York Ave.
  • Edmondson Avenue & Harlem Lane
  • Old Frederick Road & Harlem Lane
  • Hilltop Road & Cainwood Road
  • 4005 Hollins Ferry Road
  • 1708 Summit Avenue
  • Asylum Lane & Bloomsbury Avenue
  • Southwestern Boulevard & Leeds Ave
  • Ingleside Avenue & Old Edmondson Avenue
  • 2751 Arbutus Avenue
  • Maiden Choice Lane & Laurence Brooke Rd
  • Edmondson Avenue & Edmondson Ridge Rd
  • Ingleside Avenue & Woodsdale Rd
  • First Avenue & Charleston Avenue
  • 4003 Hollins Ferry Road
  • 5138 South Rolling Road
  • August Avenue and Edmondson Avenue
  • 29 Edmondson Ridge Rd
  • Shelbourne Road & Sulphur Spring Road
  • Mellor Ave & Pullen Ave
  • Ridge Road & Hilton Avenue
  • Notchcliff Rd.
  • Upton Road and Lamaze Rd.
  • Proctor Lane and Old Harford Rd.
  • Summit Ave. and Old Harford Rd.
  • Knoll Acres Dr. and Cub Hill Rd.
  • Cub Hill Rd. and Tipperary Rd.
  • Manor Rd. Halifax Ct.
  • Red Lion Rd. and Stevens Rd.
  • Norman Ave. and W. Seminary Ave.
  • Ebeneze Rd. and Vincent Farm La.
  • Cromwell Bridge Rd. between Cub Hill Road and Satyr Hill Rd.
  • Rossbille Blvd. and Square Ridge Rd.
  • Beaver Dam Road and Ivy Hill Ct.
  • Brick Stone Road between Maple Grover Road and Falls Road.
  • 8200 Perry Hall Blvd.
  • Seneca Park Road and Nannette Lane
  • Bullneck Road
  • Orems Road and Golden Ring Road
  • Wilson Point Rd.
  • Pulaski Highway and Jones Rd.
  • 10140 Bird River Rd.
  • 1400 & 1440 Shore Road.
  • Wilson Point Rd. and Shore Rd.
  • Back River Neck Road and Diffendal Rd.
  • Pulaski Highway and Allender Rd.
  • 406 Stablers Church Rd.
  • 8100 blk Bullneck Road and Northview Rd.
  • 810 Hilton Ave. and Basswood Ct.
  • 903 Cromwell Bridge Rd. and Cub Hill Rd.
  • 5 Bridlewood Ct.
  • Fitch Lane
  • 106 Juniper Lane
  • 5610 Talbott Place
  • E Ridgely Rd.
  • Ingleside at Edmondson Ave. (South)
  • Mays Chapel Road between Chapel Hill Rd. and Bomont Rd.
  • 928 Mount Carmel Rd.
  • Avondale Rd.
  • 2900 Aspen Hill Rd.

9:20 a.m.: As Expected, Some Flooding in East Side Coastal Communities

As expected, the low-lying coastal areas of Baltimore County's east side are experiencing flooding as a result of tidal surge and the 8 a.m. high tide. The flooding in these east side communities reflects a 1- to 3-foot surge, the level of surge officials had predicted. The affected areas are mostly waterfront homes and roads closest to the water.

We expect the waters to recede through the afternoon, but to rise again in the most vulnerable areas at the next high tide, about 9 p.m. tonight.

There have been no rescues or evacuations. Firefighters earlier this morning went door-to-door in Dundalk's Turner Station and Water's Edge, offering to help people who wanted to move to higher ground. Twenty-eight people asked for help getting to the Eastern Technical High shelter; fire crews transported them in Fire Department vehicles.

About 50 people and seven pets were housed at Eastern Tech High at 8 a.m.

8:04 a.m.: Questions About Dry Ice

For residents that have lost their power, this is a reminder that Baltimore County does not provide dry ice during weather emergencies.

A number of local retailers do provide dry ice, including:

  • Capital Carbonic, 410-566-0853, 404 S. Caton Ave., Baltimore 21229
  • AAA Ice, 410-426-1204, 6100 Belair Rd., Baltimore, 21206
  • Airgas East, 410-768-4447, 7504 Connelly Drive, Hanover MD, 21076

Some hardware stores and other retailers may also offer dry ice. Call ahead to check availability.

Be careful when handling dry ice. Dry Ice is extremely cold, -109.3°F. Wear protective cloth or leather gloves when touching it. Prolonged contact with the skin will freeze cells and cause injury similar to a burn.

6:48 a.m.: Additional Roads Affected By Flooding

In addition to the roads listed in previous updates, the following roads are now affected by flooding

  • Orems Road and Golden Ring Road
  • 1400 block of Shore Road
  • Pulaski Highway and Jones Road
  • 600 block of Wilson Point Road

6:38 a.m.: Police and Firefighters Checking Flood-prone Locations in Dundalk

An autodialer alert was sent to residents in affected areas along the eastside of Baltimore County notifying them of rising flood waters. Residents are encouraged to monitor the rising flood waters and contact 911 for immediate danger situations.

The audiodialer stated, "This is Baltimore County Emergency Management. An additional storm surge of 2 feet between now and 8 a.m. is expected. If you feel unsafe you should consider moving to higher ground at this time. If you feel in immediate danger contact 911 immediately. Otherwise continue to shelter in place and monitor the situation. Baltimore County Emergency Management remains in contact with the National Weather Service and is confident in this current forecast."

4:48 a.m.: National Weather Service Predicts 4' Storm Surge For Baltimore County

In eastern Baltimore County,water levels have already risen two feet, and the water levels are expected to rise another two feet by 8 a.m., for a total storm surge of four feet. The Emergency Operations Center is receiving reports of rapidly rising water in the areas of Millers Island, Turners Station and Bowleys Quarters. Residents in the area are advised to use caution. Do not drive through standing water. 

3:31 a.m.: New Additions to the Affected Road List

The following streets have been added to the list of roads where trees or wires are down or where roads are flooded. Additional roads are listed in previous updates.

  • Cromwell Bridge Road between Satyr Hill Road and Cromwell Bridge Road
  • Rossville Boulevard and Square Ridge Road
  • Beaver Dam Road and Ivy Hill Court
  • Red Lion Road and Stevens Road
  • Norman Avenue and Seminary Avenue
  • Ebenezer Road and Vincent Farm Road
  • West Seminary Avenue between York Road and Bellona Avenue
  • Knoll Acres and Cub Hill Road
  • Summit Road and Old Harford Road
  • Upton Road and Lamaze Road
  • Notchcliff Road
  • Proctor Lane and Old Harford Road

2:55 a.m.: Wind and Rain Still Expected in Morning Hours

We are currently experiencing sustained winds in the 15 mile per hour range as the center of the hurricane moves through the area. However, as the storm pulls away, the high winds and rain will return. Please continue to shelter in place, and allow first responders to remove hazards from the roadway.

1:10 a.m.: Multiple Trees and Wires Down Reported in the Precinct 1/Wilkens Area

Police and Public Works crews are responding to multiple reports of trees and wires down on Old Frederick Road, Hilltop Road, Hollins Ferry Road, Summit Avenue, Asylum Lane, Southwestern Boulevard, Arbutus Avenue, Ingleside Avenue, Maiden Choice Lane, August Avenue, and South Rolling Road. Use caution if driving in the area.

12:36 a.m.: Officials Continue to Assess Damage and Monitor Repair Efforts

Baltimore County officials are continuing to monitor the effects of Hurricane Sandy on our area. Over 54, 000 Baltimore County residents are without power and over 13,000 have already had their power restored. There are widespread reports of trees down, wires down, and flooded roadways. High winds will likely contribute to this situation throughout the morning. There have been no reports of serious injuries or fatalities in Baltimore County as a result of Hurricane Sandy. Baltimore County officials would like to thank residents for their help in keeping the roads clear for first responders and road crews as they continue to assess and repair damage.

Please treat all wires down as live wires and use caution when clearing debris near fallen poles.

Roads affected by Hurricane Sandy now include:

  • 2100 block of Graces Quarters Road
  • 300 block of Upperlanding Road
  • 6000 block of Moorehead Road
  • 7900 block of Dalrose Avenue
  • Reynolds Road and Bradshaw Road
  • Mays Chapel Road between Bomont Court and Chapel Ridge Road
  • Papermill Road and Poplar Mill Road
  • 200 block of North Marlyn Avenue
  • Greenspring Avenue and Garrison Forest Road
  • 1700 block of Jones Road
  • Greenspring Avenue and Baublitz Road
  • Dairy Road and Glen Dairy Court
  • 1700 block of Wilson Avenue
  • Unit block of Bridewood Court
  • 1200 block of Lake Falls Road
  • 2200 block of Seneca Road
  • 1300 block of Bowleys Quarters Road
  • 12400 block of Jerusalem Road
  • Ruxford Drive and Belair Road
  • River Road and Frederick Road
  • Windsor Mill Road and Mayfield Avenue
  • 600 block of Seabrook Road
  • Charles Street Avenue and West Joppa Road
  • Susquehanna Avenue
  • Burke Road and Bowleys Quarters Road
  • Queens Purchase Road and Hartland Road
  • Ebenezer Road and Harewood Road
  • Mace Avenue and Christian Avenue
  • White Marsh Boulevard and Eastern Boulevard
  • 6800 block of Ebenezer Road
  • Cuckold Point Road at 7th Avenue
  • Oakleigh Road and White Oak Avenue
  • 11300 block Raphael Road
  • 1500 block of Providence Road
  • 1700 block of Cherry Garden Road
  • 1800 block Back River Neck Road
  • 2000 to 3000 block of Holly Neck Road
  • 2800 block of Bay Drive
  • Windsor Mill Road at Gwynn Oak Road
  • Gwynn Oak Road and Pernell Drive
  • Cool Spring Road and Five Springs Road
  • Liberty Road and Buckingham Road
  • Buckingham Road and Prince Georges Road
  • Milford Mill Road and Scotts Level Road
  • Buckingham Road and Rock Ridge Road
  • Bellona Avenue and Malvern Avenue
  • Circle Road and Ruxton Road
  • York Road and Cockeysville Road
  • York Road and Belfast Road
  • Bucks Schoolhouse Road and Ridge Road
  • Silver Spring Road and Yvonne Road
  • Northpoint Boulevard and Old Battle Grove Road
  • Northpoint Road and Beechwood Road
  • 1500 block of Ingleside Avenue
  • 1000 block of Pleasant Valley Drive
  • Sulphur Spring Road and Selford Road
  • 800 block of Southwind Court
  • 1200 block of Providence Road
  • Woodlawn Drive and Gwynn Oak Avenue
  • Goucher Boulevard and Fairmount Avenue
  • Dogwood Road and Franklintown Road
  • 6500 block of Dogwood Road
  • Ingleside Avenue and Woodsdale Road

October 29: Sandy Now Impacting Mid-Atlantic Region

11:34 p.m.: Flooded Roads and Fallen Trees Continue to Make Driving Hazardous

Please restrict driving for essential personnel and emergencies only. Treat all non-operational traffic lights as a four way stop, and do not drive through standing water. Please shelter in place if possible.

Roads affected by Hurricane Sandy now include:

  • Greenspring Avenue and Garrison Forest Road
  • 1700 block of Jones Road
  • Greenspring Avenue and Baublitz Road
  • Dairy Road and Glen Dairy Court
  • 1700 block of Wilson Avenue
  • Unit block of Bridewood Court
  • 1200 block of Lake Falls Road
  • 2200 block of Seneca Road
  • 1300 block of Bowleys Quarters Road
  • 12400 block of Jerusalem Road
  • Ruxford Drive and Belair Road
  • River Road and Frederick Road
  • Windsor Mill Road and Mayfield Avenue
  • 600 block of Seabrook Road
  • Charles Street Avenue and West Joppa Road
  • Susquehanna Avenue
  • Burke Road and Bowleys Quarters Road
  • Queens Purchase Road and Hartland Road
  • Ebenezer Road and Harewood Road
  • Mace Avenue and Christian Avenue
  • White Marsh Boulevard and Eastern Boulevard
  • 6800 block of Ebenezer Road
  • Cuckold Point Road at 7th Avenue
  • Oakleigh Road and White Oak Avenue
  • 11300 block Raphael Road
  • 1500 block of Providence Road
  • 1700 block of Cherry Garden Road
  • 1800 block Back River Neck Road
  • 2000 to 3000 block of Holly Neck Road
  • 2800 block of Bay Drive
  • Windsor Mill Road at Gwynn Oak Road
  • Gwynn Oak Road and Pernell Drive
  • Cool Spring Road and Five Springs Road
  • Liberty Road and Buckingham Road
  • Buckingham Road and Prince Georges Road
  • Milford Mill Road and Scotts Level Road
  • Buckingham Road and Rock Ridge Road
  • Bellona Avenue and Malvern Avenue
  • Circle Road and Ruxton Road
  • York Road and Cockeysville Road
  • York Road and Belfast Road
  • Bucks Schoolhouse Road and Ridge Road
  • Silver Spring Road and Yvonne Road
  • Northpoint Boulevard and Old Battle Grove Road
  • Northpoint Road and Beechwood Road
  • 1500 block of Ingleside Avenue
  • 1000 block of Pleasant Valley Drive
  • Sulphur Spring Road and Selford Road
  • 800 block of Southwind Court
  • 1200 block of Providence Road
  • Woodlawn Drive and Gwynn Oak Avenue
  • Goucher Boulevard and Fairmount Avenue
  • Dogwood Road and Franklintown Road
  • 6500 block of Dogwood Road
  • Ingleside Avenue and Woodsdale Road

11:20 p.m.: Baltimore County Shelter Update

Twenty one residents and seven pets are using the shelter at Eastern Technical High School. 

10:59 p.m.: Number of Residents Without Power Continues to Rise

Over 50,000 Baltimore County residents are without power right now. Please remember to use flashlights, not candles, and to use your generator safely. Use generators in well-ventilated areas and keep them away from windows, vents, and doors.

9:51 p.m.: Forecast Update and Updated Roads Affected

Baltimore County personnel continue to respond to reports of flooded streets, trees down, wires down, and non-working traffic lights. Winds will be increasing to 35 to 40 miles per hour this evening with gusts much higher. The National Weather Service is reporting that the weather will continue to deteriorate as Hurricane Sandy approaches.

Roads affected by Hurricane Sandy now include:

  • Greenspring Avenue and Garrison Forest Road
  • River Road and Frederick Road
  • Windsor Mill Road and Mayfield Avenue
  • 600 block of Seabrook Road
  • Charles Street Avenue and West Joppa Road
  • Susquehanna Avenue
  • Burke Road and Bowleys Quarters Road
  • Queens Purchase Road and Hartland Road
  • Ebenezer Road and Harewood Road
  • Mace Avenue and Christian Avenue
  • White Marsh Boulevard and Eastern Boulevard
  • 6800 block of Ebenezer Road
  • Cuckold Point Road at 7th Avenue
  • Oakleigh Road and White Oak Avenue
  • 11300 block Raphael Road
  • 1500 block of Providence Road
  • 1700 block of Cherry Garden Road
  • 1800 block Back River Neck Road
  • 2000 to 3000 block of Holly Neck Road
  • 2800 block of Bay Drive
  • Windsor Mill Road at Gwynn Oak Road
  • Gwynn Oak Road and Pernell Drive
  • Cool Spring Road and Five Springs Road
  • Liberty Road and Buckingham Road
  • Buckingham Road and Prince Georges Road
  • Milford Mill Road and Scotts Level Road
  • Buckingham Road and Rock Ridge Road
  • Bellona Avenue and Malvern Avenue
  • Circle Road and Ruxton Road
  • York Road and Cockeysville Road
  • York Road and Belfast Road
  • Bucks Schoolhouse Road and Ridge Road
  • Silver Spring Road and Yvonne Road
  • Northpoint Boulevard and Old Battle Grove Road
  • Northpoint Road and Beechwood Road
  • 1500 block of Ingleside Avenue
  • 1000 block of Pleasant Valley Drive
  • Sulphur Spring Road and Selford Road
  • 800 block of Southwind Court
  • 1200 block of Providence Road
  • Woodlawn Drive and Gwynn Oak Avenue
  • Goucher Boulevard and Fairmount Avenue
  • Dogwood Road and Franklintown Road
  • 6500 block of Dogwood Road
  • Ingleside Avenue and Woodsdale Road

8:15 p.m.: Baltimore County Offices Closed Tuesday, October 30

All Baltimore County Government offices will be closed on Tuesday, October 30. They will remain closed through 5 a.m. on October 31. Emergency/essential workers must report.

7:50 p.m.: Additional Roads Affected

The following roads have been affected by Hurricane Sandy - some are closed, and others have significant hazards such as rising water or trees/wires down. Please avoid these areas if possible. This list is constantly changing as conditions change and will be updated throughout the evening. Residents are encouraged to shelter in place. 

  • Cuckold Point Road at 7th Avenue
  • Oakleigh Road and White Oak Avenue
  • 11300 block Raphael Road
  • 1500 block of Providence Road
  • 1700 block of Cherry Garden Road
  • 1800 block Back River Neck Road
  • 2000 to 2400 block of Holly Neck Road
  • 2800 block of Bay Drive
  • Windsor Mill Road at Gwynn Oak Road
  • Gwynn Oak Road and Pernell Drive
  • Cool Spring Road and Five Springs Road
  • Liberty Road and Buckingham Road
  • Buckingham Road and Prince Georges Road
  • Milford Mill Road and Scotts Level Road
  • Buckingham Road and Rock Ridge Road
  • Bellona Avenue and Malvern Avenue
  • Circle Road and Ruxton Road
  • York Road and Cockeysville Road
  • York Road and Belfast Road
  • Bucks Schoolhouse Road and Ridge Road
  • Silver Spring Road and Yvonne Road
  • Northpoint Boulevard and Old Battle Grove Road
  • Northpoint Road and Beechwood Road
  • 1500 block of Ingleside Avenue
  • 1000 block of Pleasant Valley Drive
  • Sulphur Spring Road and Selford Road
  • 800 block of Southwind Court
  • 1200 block of Providence Road
  • Woodlawn Drive and Gwynn Oak Avenue
  • Goucher Boulevard and Fairmount Avenue
  • Dogwood Road and Franklintown Road
  • 6500 block of Dogwood Road
  • Ingleside Avenue and Woodsdale Road

6:00 p.m.: All Shelters in Baltimore County Now Pet Friendly

Trailers have been delivered to both state shelters in Baltimore County. All 3 shelters can now accept pets (no exotic animals).

5:50 p.m.: Roads Affected By Hurricane Sandy

The following roads have been affected by Hurricane Sandy - some are closed, and others have significant hazards such as rising water or trees/wires down. Please avoid these areas if possible. This list is constantly changing as conditions change and will be updated throughout the evening. Residents are encouraged to shelter in place. 

  • Cuckold Point Road at 7th Avenue
  • Oakleigh Road and White Oak Avenue
  • 11300 block Raphael Road
  • 1500 block of Providence Road
  • 1700 block of Cherry Garden Road
  • 1800 block Back River Neck Road
  • 2000 to 2400 block of Holly Neck Road
  • 2800 block of Bay Drive
  • Windsor Mill Road at Gwynn Oak Road
  • Gwynn Oak Road and Pernell Drive
  • Cool Spring Road and Five Springs Road
  • Liberty Road and Buckingham Road
  • Buckingham Road and Prince Georges Road
  • Milford Mill Road and Scotts Level Road
  • Buckingham Road and Rock Ridge Road
  • Bellona Avenue and Malvern Avenue
  • Circle Road and Ruxton Road
  • York Road and Cockeysville Road
  • York Road and Belfast Road
  • Bucks Schoolhouse Road and Ridge Road
  • Silver Spring Road and Yvonne Road
  • Northpoint Boulevard and Old Battle Grove Road
  • Northpoint Road and Beechwood Road

3:02 p.m.: County Executive, Police Chief, and Fire Chief to Update Media on Hurricane Sandy

At 3:15 p.m., County Executive Kamenetz, Police Chief Jim Johnson, and Fire Chief John Hohman will hold a media briefing at Geresbeck’s Grocery Store, 2109 Eastern Blvd, 21220, to discuss hurricane conditions and county response operations.

2:33 p.m.: Traffic Safety Information

If you are driving, please stay alert and watch for hazards. Due to high wind conditions, signs and barrels may not be used because of the safety hazards they pose.

1:07 p.m.: Additional Officers Deployed

Police Chief Jim Johnson has deployed dozens of additional officers to supplement the personnel normally working to address safety and law enforcement issues as a result of the storm. One National Guard high clearance vehicle will also be stationed at each precinct.

12:50 p.m.: Forecast Update

Baltimore County is beginning to experience tropical storm wind gusts. This evening, gusts are expected to approach hurricane strength. Emergency Management officials believe that our area will experience the worst of the storm tonight and tomorrow morning.

Officials do not expect the low-lying coastal areas to experience the kind of storm surge we saw during Hurricane Isabel. However, officials are keeping a close watch on these vulnerable coastal communities.

Localized inland flooding is expected due to the heavy rainfall. The forecast calls for at least 4 to 8" of rainfall in our area. Officials expect the rain to continue at least through Tuesday.

The biggest concern is that wind and wind-driven rain will bring down trees and power lines, causing extensive power outages. Please call 911 to report fallen wires and use caution because they may still be live.

Please avoid driving unless absolutely necessary. If you must drive, do not drive through standing water. Non-operational traffic lights should be treated as 4 way stops.

12:05 p.m.: Administrative Hearing Cancelations Announced

All Baltimore County administrative hearings, including code enforcement hearings, are canceled for tomorrow.

12:04 p.m.: Recreation and Parks Announces Closures

All Recreation and Parks programming has been canceled and recreation centers are closed effective 1 p.m. today.

Senior Centers are closed until further notice. County Ride Service has been suspended until further notice. 

11:50 p.m.: Health Department Has Posted Changes to Services

The Health Department has announced changes to their daily schedule due to Hurricane Sandy. More details are available here.

11:30 p.m.: Service Suspended Until Tomorrow, Landfills Closing at 2 p.m.

As of 2 p.m., no trash, recycling, and yard waste will be picked up. There will be no trash collection Tuesday. Public Works personnel will reassess tomorrow whether collection can resume on Wednesday. Please do not put your trash out at the curb today if you have Tuesday trash collection. Landfills will close at 2 p.m. today.

11:10 a.m.: Kevin Kamenetz Declares State of Emergency for Hurricane Sandy

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamentez has declared a State of Emergency in Baltimore County in reference to Hurricane Sandy. The State of Emergency provides the County Executive expanded powers to respond more effectively to the emergency and request resources from State and Federal officials.

10:50 a.m.: Shelter At Eastern Technical High School Will Be Opening at 1 p.m.

Baltimore County officials will be opening a shelter at Eastern Technical High School, 1100 Mace Avenue, 21221. The shelter will open at 1 p.m. The shelter has a capacity of 671, and dogs and cats are welcome. Pets will be housed in a separate portion of the building but owners will be able to visit with their pets. Pet owners are asked to bring crates for pets if possible.

The State of Maryland is also operating two shelters on the west side of the county. Those shelters are open and located at UMBC (Retriever Center), 1000 Hilltop Road, Catonsville, MD, 21228, and the Jewish Community Center (JCC), 3506 Gwynnbrook Avenue, Owings Mills, MD, 21117.  The State shelters do not accept pets.

7 a.m: No Emergencies Reported; EOC Monitoring As Storm Moves Closer

Officials from the Office of Emergency Management, Police, Fire, Public Works and other agencies continue to monitor the County's needs from the Emergency Operations Center in Towson. No emergencies or unusual problems are reported at this time.

We continue to urge citizens to avoid driving today, if possible, and to follow this web site for updates throughout the day. Announcements about the opening of  shelters and other safety issues will be made on this page, as well as on Twitter, @BACOemergency.

Heavier rain bands are moving across the County. The forecast calls for conditions to deteriorate throughout the day, with heavy rain and increasing winds. Emergency Management officials expect the worst conditions later this afternoon and this evening.

October 28: Officials Urge Final Preparations for Sandy

9 p.m.: Information About Trash Collection

For customers who have Monday trash, recyling and yard waste pickup, individual haulers will decide whether to collect trash as usual depending on the safety of their routes.

County landfills will be open Monday.

8:30 p.m.: Liberal Leave In Place Monday for County Employees; Essential Employees Must Report

County offices are open tomorrow. Liberal leave policies are in place for all employees except essential employees. Essential employees must report.

6 p.m.: Emergency Operations Center Open; Schools Closed Monday

Baltimore County's Emergency Operations Center will partially activate at 6 p.m. tonight to begin coordinating a response to Hurricane Sandy. The EOC opens when an emergency requires a coordinated, multi-agency response.

Baltimore County Public Schools have closed schools and offices tomorrow due to inclement weather.

10 a.m.: A Message from the Office of Emergency Management

As Hurricane Sandy moves closer to the east coast, Director of Emergency Management Mark Hubbard this morning reminds Baltimore County citizens that this is an extremely serious storm, whether or not the storm maintains hurricane status as it approaches the east coast.

Hubbard said county officials received an update at 9 a.m. from forecasters at the National Weather Service. He stressed that this storm will have a significant wind and rain impact on Maryland and Baltimore County regardless of where the center of the storm makes landfall.

"This is a huge storm forecast to intensify as it merges with a winter storm system," Hubbard said. "We should be prepared for a long-lasting event with several days of disruption to our daily lives. We may experience some or all of the following: Wind damage, power outages, heavy rain, inland flooding and a storm surge along the bay. Baltimore County wil begin to feel the impacts tonight. Conditions will deteriorate through the night. We will feel the most serious impacts on Monday and expect the storm to last into the early morning hours Wednesday."

Citizens who still have not prepared for this storm have a last chance to do so this morning.

Hubbard issued these important last-minute reminders:

  • Emergency management officials ask citizens who live in flood-prone areas along the coast or along inland creeks and streams to consider relocating. Forecasters predict some coastal flooding, but it is unclear at this point how severe it will be. Emergency responders (fire and police) may not be able to rescue people living in these areas during the height of a severe storm. If you live in a flood-prone area, plan now where you will go. If and when the forecast indicates a serious threat to coastal areas, emergency managment officials will reach out to affected residents as soon as possible.
  • Heavy rain will cause roads to flood. Officials ask you to stay off the road once the storm starts, but if you must drive do not attempt to drive through standing water. Most deaths from flooding involve motorists trapped in vehicles that floated away.
  • When traffic signals go out, state law requires motorists to treat the intersection as a four-way stop. Do not drive through intersections with non-working signals.
  • Make plans immediately for family members who use power-dependent life-sustaining equipment.
  • If you plan to use a generator, make sure you place it outside, at least 15 feet from the house. Generators produce deadly carbon monoxide gas.
  • We expect considerable tree damage as a result of this storm. Trees that fall on private property are the property owners' responsibility. Trees that fall in the public right of way are the County's responsibility.
  • The County does not provide dry ice or sand bags. See the October 26 post on this page for information about where to obtain dry ice.

In addition to regular updates on this page, we will provide information on our Twitter feed, @BACOemergency, for the duration of this event.  Sign up to follow us by visiting Twitter's web site. We strongly encourage use of our Twitter feed because in the event of a power outage it lets you receive information from us on your smart phone.

"We appreciate and need your cooperation as we work together to get through this historic storm," Hubbard said.

October 26: Emergency Management Officials Preparing for Major Storm

4:30 p.m.: Follow @BACOemergency on Twitter for Updates on Sandy

Baltimore County emergency management officials are providing preparedness information and updates about Hurricane Sandy on Twitter. Follow us at www.twitter.com/BACOemergency.

12:15 p.m.: Questions About Dry Ice, Sand bags

Emergency Management officials have received a number of inquiries from residents about dry ice and sand bags.

Baltimore County does not provide dry ice or sand bags during weather emergencies.

A number of local retailers do provide dry ice, including:

  • Capital Carbonic, 410-566-0853, 404 S. Caton Ave., Baltimore 21229
  • AAA Ice, 410-426-1204, 6100 Belair Rd., Baltimore, 21206
  • Airgas East, 410-768-4447, 7504 Connelly Drive, Hanover MD, 21076

Some hardware stores and other retailers may also offer dry ice. Check your Yellow Pages or do an Internet search, and call ahead to check availability.

Be careful when handling dry ice. Dry Ice is extremely cold, -109.3°F. Wear protective cloth or leather gloves when touching it. Prolonged contact with the skin will freeze cells and cause injury similar to a burn.

12 Noon: Kamenetz, Emergency Management Officials to Brief Media at 1:30 p.m.

County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and public safety officials will brief media at 1:30 p.m. today in the Baltimore County Emergency Operations Center about preparations for Hurricane Sandy.

The County yesterday directed all agencies to go through their pre-event checklists and to plan appropriate staffing for this storm. Those preparations continue today; officials will provide details at the press briefing.

This afternoon, Kamenetz will urge all residents to use the next two days to get ready for this storm and to be prepared to get by for three days without power, if necessary. "If people wait until the storm arrives, they may find themselves in a much more difficult situation," he said. "Each of us needs to take responsibility for making sure our own household is as ready as possible to get through this event."

Personal preparations include everything from making sure you have enough water to clearing leaves from storm drains.

Mark Hubbard, director of the Office of Emergency Management, will provide an update on the latest forecast for our area.

10:45 a.m.: Citizens Should Take Steps to Prepare Now

Emergency Management officials continue to prepare today for what they expect to be a major storm impacting our region.

The most current forecasts call for Hurricane Sandy to begin affecting the mid-Atlantic on Sunday. Expect conditions to deteriorate throughout the day Sunday, with the most severe weather on Monday and Tuesday. The models -- still subject to change -- call for Sandy to make landfall somewhere between the Delmarva and mid-New Jersey,  bringing tropical force winds in the 50 mph range to the region Monday and Tuesday. Heavy rains could cause inland and coastal flooding. The extent of the coastal flooding will depend on tide, storm surge and wind-driven tide.

The trees still have not lost their leaves, raising the possibility that wind and wind-driven rain will cause branches to break and bring down power lines.

"The good news is that we know this storm is coming," said Mark Hubbard, the County's Director of Emergency Management. "We still have time to prepare, and we strongly urge residents to do that today. This is an unusual storm, and as the hours pass it becomes clearer that Baltimore County will see a severe impact., including power outages."

Residents should be prepared to get through three days without power. Here are the most important steps to take today and Saturday:

  • Make sure you have battery-powered lanterns or flashlights and extra batteries. Fire officials discourage the use of candles during power outages.
  • Store enough water to last for three days -- at least a gallon per person, per day. Count each pet as a person.
  • If you use medications, make sure you have enough to see you through the next week.
  • If you have loved ones with power-dependent health needs, make plans now for how they will receive care in an outage.
  • Clear leaves from storm drains and gutters. Clogged drains will exacerbate flooding problems, and clogged gutters increase the likelihood that your home interior will flood.
  • Secure outdoor furniture and other items.
  • Boat owners should secure their boats now.

Once the storm begins, please take the following precautions:

  • Avoid driving, if possible.
  • If you use a generator in the event of a power outage, place it outdoors, at least 15  feet from your home. Generators produce deadly carbon monoxide gas.
  • Monitor news and weather forecasts.
  • Call 911 only for true emergencies.

Baltimore County Emergency Management officials will provide updates throughout the storm on this web page, as well as through Twitter; follow us at www.twitter.com@BACOemergency.

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