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Residents Will Have Increased Access to Data for Street Plowing Updates During Severe Snow Events 

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski today announced a new, online tool for residents to monitor roads during severe snow events. The new Snow Route Status Map, will provide residents a simple, color-coded status of snow plow routes.

“The new online tool is another step in increasing government transparency and will improve the quality of experience we provide residents,” said County Executive Johnny Olszewski. “By providing this information more efficiently, we can help the public better understand where we are working and do more to keep the public safe during storms.”

During large snow events, County offices are often flooded with calls from residents requesting updates on street plowing status. With the new Snow Route Status Map, residents will have increased access to information regarding the salting and plowing of individual snow routes.

The status of each snow route is represented by the following:

  • Red—Salting and plowing not started
  • Yellow—Crews at work
  • Green—Operations complete
  • Gray—No County salting or plowing service available

The data for the Snow Route Status Map is provided by Baltimore County Department of Public Works crews who send in reports to supervisors, who then log their progress. Approximate plowing times vary by snowfall event.

Visit Baltimore County Stormfighter for more information or to report a storm-related issue. For other reports or requests, please visit BaltCoGo.

Officials Detail Storm Damage and Response Efforts

In the wake of Sunday’s severe storm and flooding, Baltimore County Executive Don Mohler announced that the County will provide curbside pick-up of storm debris from homes in the areas most severely affected by flooding.

“We understand that this unexpected storm has created major disruptions in localized areas in the County,” Mohler said. “Our crews have been working around the clock since Sunday afternoon. We are making extra resources available to help residents recover.”

Curbside Removal of Storm Debris

Mohler announced that the Baltimore County Bureau of Highways will provide curbside pickup beginning tomorrow, May 30, upon request of residents in the greater Catonsville and Oella areas and the Turner Station neighborhood in Dundalk. Residents may call 410-887-3560 to request this service, which will be made available through Friday, June 8.

The County is also providing a temporary debris drop-off center at the Benjamin Banneker Historical Center and Park, located at 300 Oella Avenue, Catonsville, MD 21228, 10 a.m. through 5 p.m., every day, beginning Wednesday, May 30 through Friday, June 8.

In addition, residents may deliver debris to the County’s drop-off centers located in Halethorpe, Cockeysville and White Marsh.

Storm Damage and Operations Summary

County public works and fire crews responded to more than 400 homes with flooded basements to assist with pump-outs. Fire crews performed dozens of significant water rescues and have responded to hundreds of calls for service since Sunday. Baltimore County Fire personnel also continue to provide mutual aid to Howard County, including search and rescue operations support.

One home in the Catonsville area was ruled uninhabitable by County inspectors. Catonsville Elementary School experienced minor flooding, but opened on time this morning.

Homeowners who have suffered damage are advised to contact their insurance companies immediately.

Four roads in the southwest portion of Baltimore County remain closed and County engineers are evaluating conditions. Closed roads include Old Frederick Road, River Road, Westchester Avenue and Thistle Road. Public Works officials expect these roads to remain closed for an extended period.

Storm recovery information will be updated on the County’s web site, or on Twitter at BACOemergency.

County Invites Stories of Neighbors Helping Neighbors

During difficult times, people often need an extra helping hand, and others are willing to jump in and offer assistance. County Executive Mohler invites people to share stories about acts of kindness in the community, using the hashtag #BaltCoNeighborsCare.

“We would love for people to share their thanks for a neighbor who helped them clean their basement, or maybe a stranger who stepped in to help in a moment of need related to the storm,” Mohler said.

These stories will be shared and/or retweeted on Baltimore County Government’s social media pages.

Reminds People to Follow Twitter Feed for Storm Updates, Visit Stormfighter to Report Issues

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz reminds residents that they can find storm updates and report storm-related issues on the County website’s Stormfighter feature. The same storm updates can be found on the County’s emergency management Twitter feed at Twitter @BACOemergency.

Note: People who do not want to report via a mobile device or computer, may still call the Baltimore County Department of Public Works at 410-887-3560. The customer service representative will enter the information into the exact form that is available to citizens online.

In case of a medical or other emergency, people should call 911.

In severe storms, citizens are asked to please check on vulnerable elderly neighbors and relatives and make arrangements for their safety during the storm.

Revised September 11, 2017