Driver rescued from floating car on Sparks Road

North County police, fire and ambulance crews were less busy than expected last night as Sandy blew through. Perhaps the most dramatic incident was a 911 call from a driver on Sparks Road who was stuck in standing water.

Hereford Volunteer Fire Department Chief Chuck Bollinger said the driver called 911 from his car when it started to float. The man was instructed to stay in the car until firefighters arrived. Bollinger said two firefighters put on vests and walked in the water, which was about 2-feet deep. They walked the driver to dry land and then gave him a ride home.

As of 1:30 p.m. the car was still in the flooded road and Sparks Road remains closed until the water recedes.

The night before Hereford and Jacksonville volunteer fire companies reported they had fairly quiet nights, as did volunteers at Hereford Ambulance Association.

Numerous roads were closed during the storm, including Paper Mill Road at Poplar Mill Road in Phoenix, Dairy Road at Glen Dairy Court in Parkton and York Road at Belfast Road in Sparks.

Police from the Cockeysville precinct said the majority of the calls overnight were due to trees blocking roads or downed power lines. Once they assessed each situation, they notified state or county crews, as well as Baltimore Gas and Electric Co.

BGE had already restored power to some 22,836 customers in Baltimore County as of noon Tuesday. A total of 49,040 customers in Baltimore County lost power due to the storm, according to a BGE website.

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