Friday, February 26, 2010
February’s back-to-back blizzards buried Montgomery County under a record of more than 40 inches of snow, left more than 80,000 County households and businesses without power and caused hundreds of trees and tree limbs to fall. To meet the challenge of these historic storms, Montgomery County government responded aggressively, mobilizing an unprecedented amount of snow removal equipment, opening shelters, conducting door-to-door welfare checks on elderly and disabled residents, making snowplows available to accompany PEPCO crews to ensure they had access to areas where power was out, and so much more.
County call takers handled 31,000 phone calls and email service requests. Maryland National Guard personnel and 20 Humvees assisted County Fire and Rescue Services (FRS) in reaching seniors and others with special needs. During the period from Sunday, February 7 to Friday, February 12, FRS checked on the welfare of 325 people. Nearly 70 volunteers with four-wheel drive vehicles also pitched in to help the County.
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