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Towson neighborhoods are recovering this morning from yesterday's short-lived but severe thunderstorm that felled large tree branches, brought down power lines and left thousands without power.

The storm tore through Baltimore County around 5 p.m., following a National Weather Service severe thunderstorm warning, in effect until 5:30 p.m. The Towson area took the brunt of the storm; damage also was reported in Pikesville. Other areas of the county were impacted little, if at all.

The storm brought swirling winds and driving rains. In Towson, BCoFD crews responded to reports of fallen trees and branches that blocked roads, and several incidents involving trees that fell on houses.

The storm caused numerous power lines to fall across roadways. West Joppa Road remains closed this morning while BGE crews repair the lines. Motorists should avoid this area.

Some traffic lights in Towson remain out of service; motorists should use caution at these intersections.

At the height of the storm, 29,000 households were without power due to the weather. That number had dropped to about 4,000 this morning.

No injuries are reported.

Emergency Management officials said this storm illustrates how quickly summer thunderstorms can evolve into destructive events, and how difficult it is to predict exactly where such storms -- which can be isolated and small in scope -- will hit.

Residents should:

  • Be prepared at all times for power outages. Battery-powered flashlights and lanterns are a "must."
  • Maintain large trees, especially aging trees, to reduce the risk of fallen branches and uprooting.
  • Get indoors, if possible, when thunderstorms threatens and especially following a severe thunderstorm warning.
  • Motorists should never attempt to drive through standing water and, if possible, should pull over during violent storms such as yesterday's.
  • Avoid trees, water and landline phones to reduce the risk of electrocution and injury during a lightning strike.

Additional information about severe thunderstorms is available through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Victims of the recent flooding may receive assistance through the non-profit organization, Maryland Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD).

​The Baltimore County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management has been working with storm victims in Catonsville and other flood-stricken areas on recovery needs.

VOAD services are free of charge; the organization does not solicit donations. Renters will be required to submit a waiver signed by a landlord.

Available services include flood cleanup, demolition, pressure washing, sanitation/mold remediation, debris removal and chainsaw operations.

​VOAD's Flood Cleanup Hotline is 410-449-5415.

Emergency Management officials advise storm victims seeking advice on storm recovery to use government agencies or reputable organizations such as the Red Cross or VOAD. "Scammers" seeking to take advantage of storm victims are a common problem following disasters.

 

 



Beware of scammers. Works for free and does not solicit donations. If you are a renter, you will need your landlord to sign a waiver.

Update, June 4, 2018:

Due to the overwhelming community response, the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management host another Storm Recovery Information Center on Thursday, June 7, 2018.

The information session will be held at the Catonsville Senior Center, 501 North Rolling Road, 21228, from 4 to 8 p.m.

Participating agencies include state and local Health agencies, American Red Cross, Maryland Insurance Administration and  the Maryland  Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation.    

Original release:

Baltimore County this weekend will open a Storm Recovery Information Center for victims of last Sunday’s flooding. 

The center will be located at the Catonsville Senior Center, 501 N. Rolling Rd., 21228. It will open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 2 and Sunday, June 3.

Flood victims will have the opportunity to talk to state and local officials about insurance and other concerns. Participants include Baltimore County Emergency Management, the Maryland Insurance Administration, the Red Cross and Health and Human Services officials.

The center is open to flood victims in Baltimore County and other affected jurisdictions.

 
 
Revised June 27, 2017