County focuses on cooling centers, another powerless day

Baltimore County Police Chief Jim Johnson and Fire Chief John Hohman praised the patience of county residents at a Monday news conference, but said more would be required as the storm recovery continued through the week.

"As everybody understands, BGE is saying that power may not be restored until the weekend," Hohman said. "That certainly does tax all of our citizens' patience.

"The citizens are cooperating in an unbelievable way," he said, "understanding the stresses without power and in these high temperatures."

The county is offering several different resources to those without power, including use of the county's senior centers — including the Bykota Senior Center in West Towson — as well as libraries as cooling centers.

Additionally, the county is offering water to residents at fire stations, and will be providing trash receptacles at select locations for storm debris this weekend.

Tuesday morning, 5th District County Councilman David Marks announced that the Towson Place Walmart, located near East Joppa Road and LaSalle Road, will be distributing free drinking water to residents without power.

Marks said two gallons will be distributed per person, up to 4,000 gallons total.

As of 9 a.m. Tuesday, BGE was reporting that 55,517 customers were still without power in Baltimore County, with the heaviest concentration of outages just north of the city line in Towson.

Late Monday in Towson, generators hummed on for the third day in Hampton, Glendale-Glenmont, Loch Hill, Stoneleigh, Anneslie, and Idylwylde.

Bill Metzger of Anneslie remained home with his golden retriever while his wife and two children stayed at the Crowne Plaza in Lutherville.

"I think a lot of people have scrammed," he said.

As the temperatures cooled a bit Monday afternoon, Metzger said the wait was becoming more bearable, but expressed frustration at his own electric situation.

He said he called BGE in the morning and was told his power should have been restored, but the operator had not received a report of fallen wires a few blocks down that he suspected were keeping his home dark.

"If you really want them to come, you need to be accurate with the information you give them," he said.

In Stoneleigh, Mary Agre said she's been pretty patient, but worried it would be a while before her power came back. In her next-door neighbor's backyard, Agre pointed out a fallen limb that had damaged a pole and transformer in that yard.

BGE was out to evaluate the damage Sunday, and Agre had an electrician repair the connection to her house so that when power came back, she would be able to receive it.

Monday evening, she pulled up to her house with a bag of dinner from Eddies. She said the store was on auxiliary power as well, and all that was left when she arrived were the crab cakes — "the most expensive dinner of my life," she said.

She said she and others are frustrated with the communication, wondering how exactly she would be able to get to the county's website for updates without electricity.

Otherwise, Agre wasn't fazed by the inconvenience.

"I grew up on a farm," she said. "I've experienced this type of thing before. But it's hard if it's hotter."

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