Baltimore County News
Stormfighter web feature enables residents to report issues directly to emergency managers
Residents and the travelling public can get updated information about Baltimore County’s snow removal operations and road conditions on the County website and on Twitter.
The County reminds residents that during very heavy snowfall, crews must concentrate on keeping main roads cleared and may require 48 hours, or more, after the snow has stopped to clear neighborhood and feeder roads.
Stormfighter web feature
The County’s new Stormfighter interactive web feature provides residents with a direct line to communicate storm-related concerns to the County’s emergency managers, rather than phoning the Department of Public Works (DPW). The Stormfighter reporting form available to the public is the same form as County call-takers use to input callers’ concerns. The system integrates with GIS mapping applications and provides real-time visual map-based data to assist DPW and emergency managers in responding to severe storms or other localized or regional emergencies.
The County website offers the latest on road conditions, current plowing operations, winter storm tips and more at baltimorecountymd.gov/stormfighter, which includes Twitter updates from Baltimore County Emergency Management. These updates are also available on Twitter by using our Twitter handle, @BACOemergency.
County officials remind residents that in cases of true medical or other emergencies, they should always call 911. During major storm emergencies, first responders coordinate with DPW and other resources to continue responding to fires, urgent medical needs and other emergency situations.
Live Traffic Camera Feeds and Road Closures Now Included
The County Stormfighter web feature includes recent upgrades to assist travelers. The page now provides a link to live traffic camera feeds from the Maryland Department of Transportation’s Coordinated Highways Action Response Team (CHART). It also offers a link to the County’s list of road closures, which provides details on roads that are currently closed due to repairs, accidents, weather or other hazards. This list is updated frequently, so we recommend that people check back often for the latest status. State roads and interstates are not included. For information on those roads, please see the Maryland Department of Transportation’s travel advisories and road closures web page at http://www.chart.state.md.us/incidents/index.php.
A sanitary sewer overflow was reported to the Department of Public Works yesterday, June 25, at 12:46 p.m. along a tributary to White Marsh Run, near Cordon Way (east of Honeygo Boulevard) in White Marsh. Baltimore County utility crews responded to the site, repaired a damaged 12-inch diameter sewer pipe and stopped the flow by 3:50 p.m. yesterday.
The overflow has been estimated at 72,000 gallons, based on information that it appeared June 19 but was not reported to Baltimore County at that time. (The public is asked to report any overflow to Baltimore County’s Bureau of Utilities: 410 887-5210 or to 911.) The overflow was caused by a concrete casement (or pipe lining) located along the tributary which, due to erosion, slipped and damaged the sewer line. Crews replaced 17 feet of pipe.
Although recent heavy rains have mitigated the impact, the public is advised to avoid contact with the water in the affected area. The Baltimore County Department of Health will monitor water quality at the sites and issue water contact advisories if necessary on the County website.