Havre de Grace left largely unscathed by Sandy

The brunt of Sandy's danger seemed to have bypassed Havre de Grace, which experienced minimal flooding Tuesday morning and relatively few power outages compared to the rest of Harford County.

It was enough, however, to cancel Tuesday evening's Halloween parade in Havre de Grace. Trick-or-treating is still on as scheduled in Aberdeen (5 to 8 p.m.) and Havre de Grace (6 to 8 p.m.). Perryville canceled its trick-or-treating and is expected to rescheduled it for later.

Power outages in the Havre de Grace area appeared to be scattered, however, according to the interactive map on the BGE website. There also were scattered outages across the Susquehanna River in the Perryville area, which is served by Delmarva Power.

Many businesses were open, and traffic was brisk through the downtown area, especially by Millard Tydings Park.

An employee at the new 7-Eleven on Union Avenue, just a block from the river, said the store was open all day Monday, and, as one Tuesday morning customer noted, "7-Eleven never closes."

Most of the heavy wind and rain had stopped Monday evening, and Susquehanna Hose Co. Chief Scott Hurst, as well as Mayor Wayne Dougherty, said at that time that everything depended on what happened Tuesday morning.

The city was forecast to get a 2 to 4-foot tidal surge Tuesday morning, which officials said meant they did not expect to do the type of evacuations required during Hurricane Isabel in 2003. The tidal surge from that storm ripped up most of the city's popular waterfront Promenade, since rebuilt.

"Right now we have been pretty fortunate," Dougherty said, noting a tree was down blocking Chapel Road.

He said the outcome from the tropical storm's passing was "probably the perfect storm for us," as far as coming at a low tide and causing minimal flooding.

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