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For Immediate Release: 6/30/2012
Summer Storm Update from Montgomery County; June 30, 8 a.m.

• 210,000 Pepco customers remain without power out of 305,000 in Montgomery County following last night's severe storms.

• 500 out of 800 traffic signals are without power across the County. Treat all “dark” intersections as four-way stops. Stop – then proceed cautiously. This is critically important to ensuring vehicular and pedestrian safety.

• To report power outages, call Pepco at 877-737-2662, Potomac Edison at 888-544-4877, or Baltimore Gas & Electric at 877-778-2222.

• To report “hot” or sparkling wires, especially those across roadways, call 911.

• Water tankers are being added to fire stations to help with fire fighting capabilities.

• Both the Potomac and Patuxent WSSC water plants are currently without power, but restoration efforts are underway. In the meantime, the WSSC has issued mandatory water restrictions for residents to ensure that a sufficient supply of water is available for fire fighting and other needs while repairs are underway. Customers are being asked to stop all outside water use. No watering lawns or washing cars. Limit flushing toilets and postpone use of washing machines and dishwashers. Use water only as necessary.

• The County's MC311 Operations Center has not yet opened to take calls, and the portal is temporarily unavailable for scheduled maintenance.

• Ride On buses are operating, but there may be delays due to detours as the result of downed trees and wires.

• Residents are reminded to check on their neighbors, especially seniors.

• The County's Emergency Operations Center has been activated since 11:30 p.m. Friday night.

• Another round of storms are expected in the area later today between 4 and 8 p.m.

• Sign up for Alert Montgomery to receive emergency information directly.


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Release ID: 12-177
Media Contact: Public Information Office 240-777-6507

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