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Summer Storm Update from Montgomery County: July 1 at 10 p.m.
Montgomery County government will be open on Monday, July 2.
• Montgomery County's MC311 Call Center is open until 10 p.m. tonight. The call center will operate a regular schedule on Monday, July 2 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 311 or 240-777-0311. Residents can also report downed trees and other non-emergency issues by using the web portal at www.mc311.com either through home or office computers or through mobile devices.
• To report “hot” or sparkling wires, especially those across roadways, call 911.
• To report power outages, call Pepco at 877-737-2662, Potomac Edison at 888-544-4877, or Baltimore Gas & Electric at 877-778-2222.
• Treat all “dark” intersections as four-way stops. Stop – then proceed cautiously. This is critically important to ensuring vehicular and pedestrian safety.
• Residents with generators should ensure that generators remain in well-ventilated, outdoor spaces to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. Residents using chainsaws should exercise maximum caution to avoid downed wires.
• Residents are reminded to check on their neighbors, especially seniors.
COOLING CENTERS, POOLS, RECREATION CENTERS AND COMMUNITY USE ACTIVITIES:
• Montgomery County has two “cooling shelters” that remain open at Richard Montgomery High School (250 Richard Montgomery Drive in Rockville) and White Oak Recreation Center, (1700 April Lane in White Oak.) Clarksburg High School has closed as a cooling shelter. Bring prescription medicines, critical phone numbers, and any comfort items such as personal pillows.
• Residents who have cats or dogs and are planning to use a County shelter can drop off their pets at the Humane Society Shelter at 14645 Rothgeb Drive in Rockville. If it is possible to call first, call the emergency number at 240-773-5900. After 5 p.m. when the shelter has closed for walk-in service, those arriving at the shelter should use the front door buzzer to gain admittance.
• Several Montgomery Parks Facilities, parks, classes and summer camps are closed due to storm damage. Check the website at www.montgomeryparks.org for updated . To report downed trees or other problems or maintenance issues in parks, contact the Montgomery Parks Service Center at 301-670-8080. Visitors are urged to use caution when travelling to or visiting parks or trails as crews are working to remove dangerous or downed trees.
• All scheduled Recreational Department programs and activities to include summer camps are cancelled on Monday, July 2 and Tuesday, July 3.
• Community use activities scheduled for Montgomery County Public Schools are cancelled for Monday, July 2 and Tuesday, July 3.
• Food in the refrigerator is safe if the power has been off for no more than four hours. After that, discard perishables such as meat, poultry, soft cheese, eggs and leftovers. Check out www.fsis.usda.gov/fact_sheets/keeping_food_Safe_during_an_emergency/index.asp for more details and a chart.
• A full freezer can keep food frozen for 48 hours after a loss of power. A half-full freezer can keep food frozen for 24 hours
• 168,155 Pepco customers remain without power out of 309,000 in Montgomery County.
• Montgomery County road crews and contractors are clearing damage, beginning with primary and secondary roads and then on to neighborhoods. Crews are also assisting Pepco with downed trees entangled with utility lines and wires.
• Water conservation restrictions were lifted at noon.
• 400 out of 800 traffic signals are still without power across the County. Drivers are advised to allow plenty of time to reach their work or other destinations in the morning.
• Ride On buses will operate on a regular Monday schedule tomorrow, but there are delays due to detours as the result of downed trees and wires.
The County will provide regular Monday trash and recycling collection. The Transfer Station will be open to drop off tree limbs and brush.
The County’s Department of Permitting Services will be operating on a limited basis. No walk-in appointments will be handled. Customers should check the website for updated information or call 311.
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|Release ID: 12-185
Media Contact: Patrick Lacefield 240-426-4638
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