Baltimore County Will Feel Sandy Impact Sunday Night

Baltimore County Emergency Management Director Mark Hubbard announced that effects of the storm will be significant regardless of where the center makes landfall.

Hurricane Sandy will have a significant rain and wind impact starting Sunday night regardless of where the center of the storm makes landfall, Baltimore County Emergency Management Director Mark Hubbard said.

“This is a huge storm forecast to intensify as it merges with a winter storm system,” Hubbard said in a press release. “We should be prepared for a long-lasting event with several days of disruption to our daily lives.”

Hubbard said county officials received an update at 9 a.m. from the National Weather Service, and county citizens should expect wind damage, power outages, heavy rain, inland flooding and a storm surge along the bay.

“Baltimore County wil begin to feel the impacts tonight. Conditions will deteriorate through the night,” Hubbard said in the press release. “We will feel the most serious impacts on Monday and expect the storm to last into the early morning hours Wednesday.”

Hubbard issued these reminders:

  • Citizens who live in flood-prone areas along the coast or along inland creeks and streams should consider relocating. Coastal flooding is predicted, but the severity is not known and emergency responders may not be able to rescue those living in these areas.
  • Roads will flood. Officials are asking drivers to stay off the roads once the storm starts, but if you must drive, avoid driving through standing water.
  • When traffic signals go out, the intersection should be treated as a four-way stop.
  • Plans should be made immediately for family members who use power-dependent life-sustaining equipment.
  • Generators should be placed outside, at least 15 feet from the house.
  • Trees that fall on private property are the owner’s responsibility. Trees that fall on public property and roads are the county’s responsibility.
  • Baltimore does not provide dry ice or sand bags. See the post from Oct. 26 about information about where to obtain dry ice.

Baltimore County officials will provide updates from Twitter at @BACOemergency.

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FIFA October 28, 2012 at 04:31 PM
"Trees that fall on private property are the owner’s responsibility." Sadly, that does not state the entire truth. The responsibility to remove trees on private property does not necessarily belong to the original tree owner. Once the tree is down, it then belongs to whatever yard it lands on. Thus if your neighbor's tree falls on your home, it becomes you and your insurer's problem, not the original tree owner.
Bart October 28, 2012 at 04:41 PM
FIFA, that is 100% correct. It happened to us; the insurance company says it is an "act of God". If it fell on your property, it is your problem to be dealt with.
WiFo October 28, 2012 at 10:48 PM
This is a terrible law that Baltimore County really needs to change. I have a vacant lot next to my house with a lot of trees. The owner wants the trees but does not want to trim them. They hang over my roof, my awning, my yard. Every storm the branches scrape across my roof and cause damage in my yard. One of these days they will cause significant damage to my house. I try to trim them because he refuses to. I think if people want trees on their property they should be responsible for maintaining them and be held accountable for damage they create.
Blondie October 28, 2012 at 11:13 PM
yes they need to change the law... had a tree fall into my yard and a neighbors yard twice the owners were mad because we got pissed and threw some small branches in there yard they could not understand how they were causing problems for 3 other neighbors. Your tree you must pay all damadges......
Bart October 28, 2012 at 11:42 PM
It's not the law. It's the practice of Insurance Companies, and has roots going back hundreds of years. Baltimore County has no power in this regard. If Baltimore County tried to change hundreds of years of practice by the insurers, the insurers would simply stop writing in Baltimore county, They have come to this way of handling things, and it has worked. In any loss, some company will pay the claim, one way or another. This is how they have agreed to take care of it. Leave it alone.
FIFA October 28, 2012 at 11:54 PM
Bart. I'm not sure I agree with you. I believe it is a part of common law going back like you say a very long time.
Jeanne October 29, 2012 at 12:09 AM
I don't understand why everyone in Baltimore City, Harford County, & Anne Arundel County (even if you don't live close to the water) gets sand bags and Baltimore County isn't bothering. My next door neighbor has a steep hill in his backyard and any drainage drains on a small area of his backyard and carries through to the rest of us. We would all like sand bags to save our basements. I'm sure we are not the only area with this problem. Why isn't Baltimore County providing sand bags like other counties?
Bart October 29, 2012 at 12:11 AM
FIFA, you're right, it does go back to common law. "Common" as opposed to our laws on the books now, which are, as you know, started as a bill, yadda, yadda, and then voted into law. If you know anything about the Insurance business and traditions, and they're not necessarily simple, you know that modern insurance regulations have been developed over hundreds of years, and for the most part, they have kept the insurance industry stable and profitable. The entire industry has agreed that if the tree at 927 Elm Street falls into the yard of 925 Elm Street, the property insurance company that insures 925 Elm will pay the claim. The tree falling is considered an "Act of God". Trees are good. A good canopy of trees does much to stablilze property values. They don't want anyone to fear growing a tree because of the damage it might cause 50 years in the future. There is more to the entire culture of Insurance than simply dollars and cents.
FIFA October 29, 2012 at 12:17 AM
Agreed. Stay dry and may all trees blow away from your home! :-)) Not to wish anything bad on anyone else.
Mari October 29, 2012 at 12:33 AM
Jeanne, just go to Lowe's or Home Depot or Ace Hardware and buy some sand and put it in bags (or leave it in the bags in which is comes). You need to take care of yourselves.
Evets October 29, 2012 at 02:04 PM
My neighbor has 2 huge oak trees in his yard, both of them leaning towards my home. I have encouraged him many times to have these trees taken down and after every storm he gets someone out here to get an estimate, but the trees are still there, still leaning towards my house. I had many similar trees (11 actually) in my yard taken down over the past 20 years at considerable expense. It frustrates me that if the neighbor's trees comes down on my house it will be my problem, and his tree problem will be solved at little or no expense to him. BTW, this same neighbor currently has several empty garbage cans in his yard, as well as an old door and a window leaning against the back of his house. I guess when those items fly over to my property later today, that will be my problem, too.
Evets October 29, 2012 at 02:12 PM
I should note that at least two tree companies have told the neighbor that one of these trees is past its prime and suffering from advanced heart rot. The tree guys also told him that while it is hard to predict what direction a tree might fall, this one is most likely going to come down in the direction it is leaning.
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