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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, baltimorecountymd.gov 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.


Program and Special Recognition Drew Enthusiastic Crowd of More than 150 from Turner Station and Surrounding Jurisdictions

Towson – Turner Station was buzzing with excitement on Saturday, July 29 as Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and a host of supporting groups paid tribute to Henrietta Lacks. Kamenetz proclaimed that every first Saturday in August will be hereby known as “Henrietta Lacks Day” in Baltimore County and he unveiled ceremonial road signs that dedicate Main Street and New Pittsburgh Avenue as Henrietta Lacks Place.  Decorative signs were placed throughout the Turner Station community highlighting this historical dedication.

“While she didn’t get credit back in the 50’s or while she was alive, people can no longer ignore her importance to medicine, the African-American community, our country and well-being of the entire world,” Kamenetz said. “Equally appealing for us in Baltimore County was that she called Turner Station home. Maryland has seen its share of important figures – Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, Clara Burton, Francis Scott Key, Benjamin Banneker, Harriet Tubman and Dr. Francis Rous, just to name a few, but no list is complete without mentioning Henrietta Lacks and that is something all of us can be proud of, and that we should share and promote.”

A host of speakers highlighted Lacks’ legacy and participants took walking tours of the neighborhood, including the house where Lacks lived and enjoyed a free screening of the HBO movie, “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” starring and co-produced by Oprah Winfrey.

Supporters of the event include the Lacks Family, Henrietta Lacks House of Healing, Henrietta Lacks Legacy Group, Turner Station Conservation Teams, Fleming Senior Center Council, Dundalk Renaissance Corporation, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Dr. William Wade’s family, Baltimore County Department of Aging, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, The Kingdom Economic System and Turner Station Heritage Foundation Committee. Senator Shirley Nathan-Pulliam was instrumental in ensuring that Henrietta Lacks’ contributions were recognized statewide. The Afro-American Newspaper was a media partner.

Henrietta Lacks has been called by some “the most important woman in medical history,” despite the lack of recognition while she was alive. An African-American Dundalk resident who lived in Turner Station, Henrietta Lacks was the unwitting source of an immortalized line of cells that will reproduce indefinitely and continues to be a source of invaluable medical data today. Her cells were used to test the polio vaccine, were a basis for cloning and in vitro fertilization and are helping to develop anti-cancer drug therapies.

MEDIA NOTE:  Please click here to watch a video of the ceremony and street sign unveiling. Photos are also available via our Facebook page and by contacting our office.

Program and Special Recognition Includes Free Movie Screening 

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz is hosting a tribute to Henrietta Lacks next Saturday, July 29, in the Turner Station neighborhood where she lived. The program celebrates her legacy and will include a special and rare honor from the County Executive, as well as remarks from community leaders and a free screening of the movie, “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” starring Oprah Winfrey.

The program, which will take place at the Fleming Community Center, located at 641 Main Street in Turner Station, begins at 10 a.m. and includes refreshments. The public is welcome to attend.

Sponsoring groups include the Lacks Family, Henrietta Lacks House of Healing, Henrietta Lacks Legacy Group, Turner Station Conservation Teams, Fleming Senior Center Council, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Dr. William Wade’s family, Baltimore County Department of Aging, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, The Kingdom Economic System and Turner Station Heritage Foundation Committee. Senator Shirley Nathan-Pulliam was instrumental in ensuring that Henrietta Lacks’ contributions were recognized statewide and in Baltimore County. Media sponsors for the event include Radio One and the Afro-American Newspaper.

Henrietta Lacks has been called by some “the most important woman in medical history,”  despite the lack of recognition while she was alive. An African-American Dundalk resident who lived in Turner Station, Henrietta Lacks was the unwitting source of an immortalized line of cells that will reproduce indefinitely and continues to be a source of invaluable medical data today. Her cells were used to test the polio vaccine, were a basis for cloning and in vitro fertilization and are helping to develop anti-cancer drug therapies.


 
 
Revised September 11, 2017