With reverse tidal affect created by Irene, the storm's heavy rains were able to drain into the bay without the extensive flooding of Tropical Storm Isabel in 2003. Instead, it was the wind and rain that caused the bulk of the damage across the county.

Fifth District Councilman David Marks was also in the Towson area surveying Irene's damage on Sunday.

"I drove fromPerry Hall to Towson, and the worst tree damage seemed to be in Loch Raven Village and Rodgers Forge," Marks said.

On Drumwood Road in Loch Raven Village, Marks saw a fallen tree across the road that had landed on a car. But he said he was bolstered by scenes of neighbors pitching in to help one another


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"Everywhere I went, I saw neighbors helping each other, clearing branches and debris from the streets," Marks said.

The county said it had changed the phone number for people reporting fallen trees: the new number is 410-887-2523. Call 911 to report any fallen power lines.

In Lutherville, a downed tree crashed into a home overnight on Norman Avenue, and felled trees blocked countless roads in the county, including Sudbrook Road in Pikesville, Murdock Road in Rodgers Forge and Falls Road near Padonia.

One of the more dramatic incidents occurred in the Brooklandville area at about 3:34 a.m. on Keller Avenue, as rescue workers freed a man who had been trapped in his home when a tree fell through the roof of his home.

The Lutherville Volunteer Fire Company used a crane on its rescue truck to stabilize trees that had fallen on the home while the an, who was conscious, was aided by first responders.

The Fire Department's Advanced Tactical Rescue Team, Brooklandville's Engine 14 and the Pikesville Volunteer Fire Company's Heavy Rescue Squad responded to that incident. The man was transported to a medical facility. A female patient who was not trapped has been transported to Sinai Trauma. There was no immediate word on their condition.

In Catonsville, business district was quiet

The power outage that affected much ofBaltimore County closed stores along Frederick Road in Catonsville and left traffic lights powerless at Sunday morning. The 1700 block of Frederick Road was shut down as workers did work to the electrical lines.

Catonsville resident Joon Kim said he lost power around midnight.

"It was worse than I thought (it would be)," Kim said as he walked along Frederick Road. "I called BGE, and they said they don't know the estimated time it (will be back on)."

On Frederick Road, Tracy and Nick Devine walked with their daughter, Maya, who turns 1 years old next week, in search of coffee — but couldn't find a place that was open.

"We thought Atwater's might utilize the French Press, and we'd get an even better cup of coffee, but no luck," Tracy said.

Their home didn't suffer any damage in the storm, but they lost power and their yard was covered in downed branches, Nick said.

"We were able to take care of the smaller stuff," Nick said. "But with the larger stuff, we're going to ask for our friends help to get a chain saw."

The yard work will likely wait, because the Devines have other plans for the rest of the day.

"Maybe (we'll) get together with some friends and eat the food that we need to eat out of the fridge and drink the beers that we need to drink and hang out," Nick said.