Following the storm that passed through the area Thursday afternoon, approximately 17,000 homes in the County are without power and some traffic signals are dark.
Residents are reminded to take certain precautions:
- Treat all traffic signals that are dark as if they are four-way stops.
- Call 911 only in emergencies that threaten life or property, which includes any type of fire or serious medical condition, when there is fear for personal safety or the safety of others, or during a crime in progress.
- Do not touch fallen or low-hanging wires of any kind under any circumstances. Stay away from puddles with wires in or near them. Do not touch trees or other objects in contact with power lines.
Anyone who has not already signed up for the County’s Alert Montgomery notification system is encouraged to do so by going to https://alert.montgomerycountymd.gov and selecting the types of emergency alerts they are interested in receiving regarding weather, severe traffic, schools, park and government facilities, athletic fields and public events. They can also select the devices they would like the messages sent to (cell phones, text pagers, wireless PDAs, home and work emails).
Call police or your utility companies immediately to report hazards such as downed power lines, broken gas or water mains or overturned gas tanks.
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Important Utility Numbers and websites:
Pepco: 1-877-737-2662, www.pepco.com
BG&E (Baltimore Gas and Electric): 1-877-778-2222 or 1-800-685-0123, http://www.bge.com
Potomac Edison (Allegheny Power): 1-800-255-3443, http://www.firstenergycorp.com
Washington Gas: 800-752-7520, http://www.washgas.com
WSSC: 1-800-828-4002, http://www.wsscwater.com