Baltimore Gas & Electric, which had set up a command center in the city and had several crews standing by Friday morning, began turning off gas and electric service to customers in the affected part of the city for safety reasons, the company said.

As of Friday morning, BGE said in a news release, natural gas service had been suspended to approximately 200 customers and electric service had been suspended to nearly 90 customers.

The company warned, however, that "the number of customers affected is expected to increase with the opening of additional floodgates at the Conowingo Dam this [Friday] morning and the forecasted cresting of the Susquehanna River tomorrow [Saturday] morning. Service will be restored to the affected customers after the water recedes and BGE has completed a thorough inspection of its equipment, made any necessary repairs and determines it is safe to restore service."

"BGE has been working very closely with the City of Havre de Grace and Harford County emergency management officials to ensure the safety of residents affected by the historic rainfall and subsequent flooding that have triggered mandatory evacuations in some areas," A. Christopher Burton, senior vice president of gas and electric operations for BGE, said in the news release. "This continues to be a very fluid situation and we continue to monitor the rising flood waters and expect additional customers will be taken out of service to help ensure their safety and to minimize damage to our gas and electric infrastructure."


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Weekend school events canceled

Aberdeen High was closed to students Friday so the building could be used for the shelter.

Classes were also canceled Friday at Havre de Grace's four schools, Havre de Grace High, Havre de Grace Middle, Havre de Grace Elementary and Meadowvale Elementary because of the evacuations in the city and concerns about flooding.

No other schools in Harford County were closed Friday; however, Harford County Public Schools announced the cancellation of all after school activities Friday and all activities planned for Saturday and Sunday.

Craig visited affected areas of Havre de Grace around 8 a.m. Friday, checking the status of the flooding and talking to both emergency responders and some residents still in the area, county government spokesman Thomas said.

Craig, who lives on the edge of the area in the city that was evacuated, next went to the Harford County Emergency Operations Center north of Bel Air for a briefing around 9 a.m., Thomas said.

Thomas also confirmed that Friday's evacuation of the city wasn't exactly mandatory.

"Yes and no," he said in response to a reporter's question about it. "We did go door-to-door on the streets that the county executive earlier announced were threatened, and we asked people to leave, but nobody was forced to leave if they didn't want to."

Thomas said both Havre de Grace city police and sheriff's deputies did the door-to-door notifications.

Seniors, nursing home patients leave

Thursday's evacuations included the Citizens Care Center and a senior citizen high rise apartment building called The Graw.

Residents of citizens' continuing care (nursing home) units were moved to other area nursing home facilities in the area.

Dave Williams, a spokesman for the Harford County Fire and Ambulance Association, said some of the affected nursing home patients in Havre de Grace are being moved outside Harford and surrounding counties to facilities elsewhere in the state where space is available.

One facility outside the area he mentioned is Chester River Nursing Center in Chestertown.

"They were starting to move residents a little farther away than just Baltimore County and Harford County," Williams said.

Williams said a hotline has been set up for friends/family of nursing home residents to provide information where patients have been relocated: 1-888-756-7836.

Elsewhere in Harford County, 13 county roads remained closed because of high water Friday morning, according to Thomas.

The State Highway Administration's Maryland 511 website was reporting some state roads in Harford County still had partial lane closures Friday morning because of high water. No state roads in the county were closed completely, according to the website.