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Tree removal efforts hit the streets in Laurel

On Tuesday, most schools and government offices remained closed as Laurel residents stepped out to assess the damage from Superstorm Sandy, now downgraded to a post-tropical storm.

As various utility crews and private tree contractors descend on Laurel today to remove trees and clean up other damage, city officials are estimating that as many as 400 Laurel BGE customers are still without power, but no major roads are blocked by trees or other debris.

Three North Laurel residents were rushed to the hospital Tuesday morning with carbon monoxide poisoning, the result, county fire officials said, of a generator found operating inside their house. In the wake of the incident, the Howard County Fire and Rescue Department is reminding county residents not to operate a generator inside a home. Additional safety tips, translated in three languages, can be found at howardcountymd.gov/departments.

Russert CERT member Tim Reyburn said the community "fared well this go around." He said there was a large tree blocking Oxbow Road in both directions, a couple street signs that were knocked down or bent and a light pole that was tilted after the storm.

The Prince George’s County Office of Emergency Management continued to urge residents to stay off the roads and stay indoors. The county government, closed for a second day on Tuesday, and rescheduled many meetings and hearings including a joint County Council and Planning Board public hearing on the Central Branch Avenue Revitalization Sector Plan, which was rescheduled for Nov. 5. All County Council and District Council meetings are cancelled today; District Council matters are postponed until Monday, Nov. 5, and County Council actions are postponed until Wednesday, Nov. 7.

Prince George's County now has an online system and mobile application, CountyClick, which residents can use to submit nonemergency service requests. To access CountyClick, go to http://countyclick311.com.

Pete Pichaske contributed to this report.

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