Columbia struggles to return to normal

While many businesses and homes remained without power and schools and county offices were closed, Columbia gradually was returning to normal Wednesday, recovering from the havoc created by Superstorm Sandy.

The Mall in Columbia and most of the Columbia Association facilities reopened at 2 p.m. Tuesday. after having been closed since Sunday. However, the hours of some restaurants and stores may vary, according to a mall Facebook posting. Mall officials suggest calling the stores before visiting to confirm their hours.

The Columbia Association reopened its 93.5-mile pathway system, except for limited sections still blocked by debris. Cleanup efforts were continuing, and crews also are blowing leaves and small twigs from the pathways.

To report a downed tree on CA's open space, call 410-312-6330 or email

Supreme Sports Club reopened at 5 a.m. Wednesday with limited operations. Portions of the club, including the pool, will remain closed until the club's HVAC system is completely repaired.

The Columbia Swim Center also reopened early Wednesday, though the temperature of the main pool might be a couple of degrees cooler than usual.

Also, classes were to be held Wednesday as scheduled at the Columbia Athletic Club, Columbia Gym and the swim center. At Supreme Sports Club, clsses will be held after 7:30 a.m.

The Owen Brown Tennis Bubble opened Tuesday afternoon, as did the Columbia Art Center.

For updates call the inclement weather hotline at 410-715-3154.

At mid-morning Wednesday, about 6,000 Howard County customers were still without power, according to Baltimore Gas and Electric.

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