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For Immediate Release: 7/2/2012

Summer Storm Update – July 2, 2012. Noon

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Montgomery County's MC311 Call Center is operating on a regular schedule today, July 2 until 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 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.

PEPCO reports 131,500 customers in Montgomery County are still without power.

Road closure link

Residents can get real-time information on road closures in their neighborhoods on line at http://www5.montgomerycountymd.gov/snowmap/.

Find the appropriate location on the map with the cursor and click repeatedly. Closed roads, or portions of roads that are closed, will appear in black on the map, as noted in the legend on the left side of the page.

Traffic signals

There are 240 traffic signals without power. Police are directing traffic at about 90 intersections throughout the County. Drivers are reminded to treat “dark” intersections as four-way stops.

A partial listing of primary intersections without working stoplights includes:

-Connecticut Ave (MD185) & Randolph Rd
-Connecticut Ave (MD185) & Veirs Mill Rd (MD586)
-Cabin John Pkwy & Mac Arthur Blvd
-Colesville Rd (US29) & University Blvd E (MD193) (Four Corners)
-Columbia Blvd & Georgia Ave (MD97) & Seminary Rd
-Forest Glen Rd & Forest Glen Rd (MD192) & Georgia Ave (MD97)
-Jones Bridge Rd & Rockville Pike (MD355)
-River Rd (MD190) & Wilson La (MD188)
-Little Falls Pkwy & River Rd (MD190)
-Democracy Blvd & Old Georgetown Rd (MD187)
-E Gude Dr & Frederick Rd (MD355) & W Gude Dr

Food Safety

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

Cooling Centers

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 Dr. 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.

Following are updates on other County services and facilities:

Libraries

The following Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) will be open today:

At 10 a.m. -- Germantown, Rockville, Bethesda, Quince Orchard, and Kensington Park;
At 1 p.m. -- Marilyn Praisner, Damascus, Chevy Chase (Maryland), Aspen Hill, Potomac, Long Branch, Poolesville and White Oak;
At 5 p.m. -- Gaithersburg Interim at LakeForest Mall

Closed at this time are: Wheaton, Silver Spring, Little Falls, Davis and Twinbrook.

For the latest information on library openings and/or closings, check the MCPL website at www.montgomerycountymd.gov/library.

Parking
Three garages in Silver Spring are without power. Parking is free at the two garages with pay stations without power -- Garage 16, the new facility on King St in south Silver Spring, and Garage 7 on Cameron St., across from the Judicial Center.

Payment is required today to park at any lot or garage with individual meters. All parking facilities -- with or without power-- are open to the public. If there is still no power to the facilities after dark, they will remain open. However, the public is advised to use extreme caution if they choose to park in a facility without lights.

Parks

Several Montgomery Parks Facilities, parks, classes and summer camps are cancelled today due to storm damage. Check the website at www.montgomeryparks.org for updated information. To report downed trees, other problems or maintenance issues in parks, contact the Montgomery Parks Service Center at 301-670-8080. Visitors are urged to use caution when traveling to or visiting parks or trails as crews are working to remove dangerous or downed trees.

Permitting Services

The County’s Department of Permitting Services is operating on a limited basis today. No walk-in appointments will be handled. Call 311 for more information.

Recreation

The following swim centers are open: Upper County, Martin Luther King, both indoor and outdoor pools; Germantown, indoor and outdoor; and Olney.

All scheduled Recreation Department programs and activities, including summer camps, are cancelled on Monday, July 2 and Tuesday, July 3.

Community use activities in public schools

Community use activities scheduled for Montgomery County Public Schools are cancelled for Monday, July 2 and Tuesday, July 3.

Traffic

HOV restrictions on I-270 are suspended today to help facilitate the flow of traffic.

Transit

Ride On buses are operating on a regular Monday schedule, but expect delays due to downed trees, wires and signal outages. A number of Ride On routes are detoured, so check the website at www.rideonbus.com and click on Delays and Detours for the latest information.

Trash, recycling collections

The County will provide regular Monday trash and recycling collection. The Transfer Station will be open to drop off tree limbs and brush.

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Release ID: 12-187
Media Contact: Patrick Lacefield 240-777-6507

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