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Power restored to South Baltimore public housing complex

High winds knock out power and heat for 200 in Baltimore Housing's Westport complex.

Power and heat were restored Sunday afternoon to 80 units in South Baltimore's Westport public housing complex that had gone without service for about 24 hours, officials said.

The Housing Authority staff is checking on each of the residents to confirm that the service is working, said agency spokeswoman Tania Baker. Anyone interested in being relocated for the night will be offered hotel accommodations and be transported, she said.

Crews restored power to the final two of six courts at the complex Sunday afternoon, Baker said. High winds caused damage around 2:30 p.m. Saturday to power lines and an electrician was able to restore service hours later to most of the complex, leaving about 200 people without service.

The nearby Boys & Girls Club was opened for affected families to get warm, have meals and charge electronics.

"The Housing Authority of Baltimore City takes the care and safety of its residents very seriously," Baker said in an email. "Since the beginning of the snow storm, HABC staff has been on site, and will continue to be on site, to ensure that resident needs are being met."

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