¿¿For days leading up to the arrival of Hurricane Sandy this week, state and local officials were warning residents of the storm's potential for destruction — on Monday, Gov. Martin O'Malley even stated, “There will be people who … are killed in this storm.”
Two deaths were attributed to the storm in Maryland, but the local impact of Sandy — later downgraded to a tropical storm — was not as severe as some had predicted.
Still, in Carroll, the storm dropped about 6 to 10 inches of rain, and hit the region with wind gusts that peaked at about 70 mph.
Many communities saw power outages, flooding and wind damage. As of Thursday morning, Carroll County government was reporting just two roads remained closed in the county, both due to downed or dangerous power lines.
During the course of the storm, county government closed operations —except for emergency management operations —canceled several public hearings and other events, and operated two shelters in the county, at Winters Mills and Century high schools.
Roberta Windham, spokeswoman for the county, said one person briefly used the Century shelter, and 16 peoople used the Winters Mill facility. Both were closed by Tuesday afternoon.
As of Thursday morning, Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. was reporting some 700 customers in Carroll were still without power — though the utility had already restored about 7,100 others.
Anyone still experiencing an outage, or experiencing downed wires, should call 1-877-778-2222.
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