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Cooling centers open; BGE says outages in Carroll down to 142

Damage to house on Tilbury Way in Homeland. Sections of the tree were removed by Ameritree Experts using a 100-lb. crane over the weekend. The neighborhood of Homeland in north Baltimore was one of the areas hit hard by Friday night's storms.
Damage to house on Tilbury Way in Homeland. Sections of the tree were removed by Ameritree Experts using a 100-lb. crane over the weekend. The neighborhood of Homeland in north Baltimore was one of the areas hit hard by Friday night's storms. (Amy Davis, Baltimore Sun)

Because of high temperatures and humidity — and with some people in Carroll still without power from last Friday's storm — the Carroll County Department of Citizen Services operated several cooling centers around the county this past week.

As of Saturday evening, July 7, Baltimore Gas and Electric was reporting just 142 customers were without power in Carroll County in the wake of the storm.

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The company said it had already restored service at 8,198 other outages.

Even after the power outages have passed, county officials said that residents who are vulnerable to extreme heat and who do not have air-conditioning in their homes are encouraged to cool off in any of the following locations until the close of business on weekdays.

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Cooling centers are open during business hours below at Carroll County Senior Centers and the Department of Citizen Services.

• Citizen Services Office Building, 10 Distillery Drive, Westminster (8 a.m.-5 p.m.,, Monday through Friday)

• Westminster Senior and Community Center, 125 Stoner Ave., Westminster (8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday)

• Mount Airy Senior and Community Center, 703 Ridge Avenue, Mount Airy (8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday)

• North Carroll Senior and Community Center, 2328 Hanover Pike, Greenmount (8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday)

• South Carroll Senior and Community Center, 5928 Mineral Hill Road, Eldersburg (8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday)

• Taneytown Senior and Community Center, 220 Roberts Mill Road, Taneytown (8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday)

All branches of the Carroll County Public Library System, Monday – Thursday 9 a.m. – 8:45 p.m., Friday and Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

• Eldersburg Branch, 6400 Hemlock Drive, Eldersburg

• Finksburg Branch, 2265 Old Westminster Pike, Finksburg

• Mount Airy Branch, 705 Ridge Avenue, Mount Airy

• North Carroll Branch, 2255 Hanover Pike, Greenmount

• Taneytown Branch, 10 Grand Drive, Taneytown

• Westminster Branch, 50 East. Main Street, Westminster.

In addition, Grace Lutheran Church, 21 Carroll St., Westminster, is open noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday, July 8, and also any other Code Orange or Code Red days fall on Sundays.

Water will be available for those who need it at any of the cooling centers.

Keeping cool ...

The Carroll County Emergency Management Division encourages people to follow these safety tips when temperatures and

humidity are high:

• Slow down. Strenuous activities should be reduced or rescheduled to the coolest time of the day.

• Wear loose, lightweight, and light colored clothing.

• Eat fewer proteins and drink plenty of water.

• Stay in air-conditioning

Additional information, including the State Heat Plan, Heat Reports, FAQs, and updated contact information is posted on the DHMH site: http://dhmh.maryland.gov/extremeheat/SitePages/Home.aspx.

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