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Date: Jan 25, 2016

Update: 5:30 p.m.

Baltimore County Public Works crews continue to work constantly on snow removal. The goal is still to reach most (but probably not all) county streets at least once by tonight. However, we ask constituents to be patient and to understand that this is a herculean task because of the size of the county -- we have 2,600 miles of county road -- and the huge volume of snow. It takes far longer to move 30 inches of snow than to move 15 inches of snow. There will be roads that our crews miss or cannot plow because of the conditions.

Our crews will not stop working until every road is clear. If you have a medical, fire or rescue emergency, call 911. Otherwise, we appreciate your patience; completion of this task is likely to take several days.

We are not able to provide a schedule of plowing.

Some important reminders:

  • Responsibility for plowing or shoveling sidewalks and private driveways and roads rests with the property owner. Baltimore County DPW and Fire crews cannot plow or shovel sidewalks, private driveways, or roads.
  • County plows cannot stop at every driveway to avoid piling snow in front of the driveway. We understand the inconvenience and appreciate your patience.
  • The goal at this point in the storm recovery is to reach every road once. As of this morning, Public Works crews still had not reached about 1,000 roads. We must reach these roads before we return for additional snow removal to roads that were plowed earlier.

If you have not seen a plow at all by tomorrow morning, please contact Highways using this form.

Trash & Recycling

Regarding trash and recycling: Recycling is canceled this week.Trash will be collected when and where conditions permit, until further notice. There is no alley pickup; move trash to the front curb.

Original post:

The Baltimore County Emergency Operations Center remains active as the County continues to coordinate a multi-agency response to this historic, unprecedented snowstorm.

Updates regarding snow removal and other public concerns related to the storm are posted on Twitter @BACOemergency and on our "Snowfighter" web page. (These updates appear on our other social media platforms as well.)

Concerns about Snow Removal

Please bear in mind that this is a historic storm. If you have a medical, fire or rescue emergency, call 911. Otherwise, please be patient as our Public Works and other emergency personnel continue to work 24/7 to help the County recover from this catastrophic event.

Our Public Works crews have been and continue to work 24/7 to reach all public, county roads. Crews follow a plowing schedule that prioritizes main arteries. Crews hope to reach the side streets by tonight or tomorrow. Please note that at this stage of snow removal DPW's goal is to make a road passable; we are not able to clear all lanes at this point. In rare cases, plow drivers may find a road impassable and cannot plow it.

If you wish to share a concern about snow removal, email snow@baltimorecountymd.gov. These concerns will be reviewed, triaged and shared with the appropriate personnel. Though you may not receive a written reply, your email will be read and processed.

Our non-emergency snow phone line (410-887-3560) remains open, but we ask you to use discretion in calling. We are receiving hundreds of phone calls, and our call takers are doing their best to keep up. If you call, you may receive a busy signal. Again, we appreciate your patience.

Some important reminders:

  • Responsibility for plowing or shoveling sidewalks and private driveways and roads rests with the property owner. Baltimore County DPW and Fire crews cannot plow or shovel sidewalks, private driveways, or roads.
  • County plows cannot stop at every driveway to avoid piling snow in front of the driveway. We understand the inconvenience and appreciate your patience.
  • The goal at this point in the storm recovery is to reach every road once. As of this morning, Public Works crews still had not reached about 1,000 roads. We must reach these roads before we return for additional snow removal to roads that were plowed earlier.

The Baltimore County Health Department offers the following guidance for dialysis patients during the aftermath of this historic storm:

  • Remember during a natural disaster to reduce the amount of fluid, salt and protein in your diet.
  • If you are having trouble getting to your dialysis center, contact your dialysis center for instructions tailored to your medical situation.
  • If you are having an extreme medical emergency (shortness of breath, chest pain, etc.) call 911; EMS personnel will transport you to the nearest hospital. 
 
 
Revised June 27, 2017