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Thousands in Carroll without power, some without water in aftermath of storm

Carroll County emergency management officials reported Saturday, June 30, that the county was experiencing widespread power outages as a result of the line of severe thunderstorms that crossed the county Friday night.

Additionally, officials said, the Eldersburg and Sykesville region had many residences without water — or with low pressure — due to loss of power to the pumping stations.

In a statement, officials said Baltimore Gas and Electric is aware of the situation "and is working to restore power across the state."

According to the BGE power outage website, the utility was reporting 1,989 customers without power in Carroll County as of 1 p.m. Saturday. The company said it had already restored service at 3,697 other outages.

"BGE is aggressively restoring service to our customers who lost power as a result of last night's violent weather," said Jeannette Mills, vice president and chief customer officer for BGE, in a statement. "As is the case with any major restoration effort, our first focus must be on public safety such as downed wires, followed by critical infrastructure including hospitals and 911 centers.

"Once these issues have been addressed and we've completed our initial damage assessment, field assignments will be prioritized in a way that restores service to the greatest number of customers at one time. Consideration will also be given to customers who have been out of service the longest," she said. "That said, a large number of our customers should expect to be without power for several days."

Officials said that as a result of the storm, BGE sustained significant damage including downed tree limbs and whole trees on power lines and other electric distribution equipment. The utility is reminding residents to call 1-877-778-2222 to report downed wires and outages.

Meanwhile, the Carroll County Department of Public works is working to restore the pumping capabilities temporarily until commercial power can be restored, the statement said.

"Residents are asked to conserve water as much as possible, as the system is taxed and as it will take some time once commercial power is restored to return the system back to normal," the county statement said.

 The National Weather Service is predicting another line of severe thunderstorms to impact the state this afternoon.

With temperatures expected to reach near 100 degrees and the possibility of power restoration to take several days, county officials are reminding residents of the importance for those without air conditioning to remain cool and hydrated.

The county is opening cooling centers throughout the weekend to give residents a place to go to cool off.

All branches of the Carroll County Public Library are open Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.:

• Eldersburg Branch, 6400 Hemlock Drive, Eldersburg

• Finksburg Branch, 2265 Old Westminster Pike, Finksburg

• Mount Airy Branch, 705 Ridge Avenue, Mt. Airy

• North Carroll Branch, 2255 Hanover Pike, Greenmount

• Taneytown Branch, 10 Grand Drive, Taneytown

• Westminster Branch, 50 East. Main Street, Westminster

In addition, the following cooling centers will be open on Sunday:

• Grace Lutheran Church, 21 Carroll Street, Westminster, (12 – 6 PM Sunday)

• Mount Airy Senior and Community Center, 703 Ridge Avenue, Mount Airy (10 AM – 2 PM Sunday)

• North Carroll Senior and Community Center, 2328 Hanover Pike, Greenmount (10 AM – 2 PM Sunday)

• South Carroll Senior and Community Center, 5928 Mineral Hill Rd., Eldersburg (10 AM – 2 PM Sunday)

• Taneytown Senior and Community Center, 220 Roberts Mill Road, Taneytown (10 AM – 2 PM Sunday) 

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