Hurricane Irene: The Aftermath

Marylanders ask why so long in the dark? Howard Co. exec hits the digital information highway.

Hurricane Irene turned out the lights in Maryland for many long days and nights. But information about the storm, and help dealing with its consequences, kept flowing. Here are some of the highlights of the week's coverage after the storm.

Are you a Marylander whose home was damaged by Irene but find yourself without hurricane insurance? You may qualify for federally subsidized loans, handled by the Small Business Administration. Even if your property was spared, check out these , on Arbutus Patch.

Howard County Executive Ken Ulman, mindful of the digitally savvy public he serves, was among the region's most frequent users of social media to communicate storm information.
This is the first-time Howard County officials mobilized social media for weather alerts. It’s a move that came after Howard County was named this year as the "ninth most digital county" in the nation. Get HoCo to place in the top three, by visiting Columbia Patch.

No one used the emergency shelter that Howard County opened during Hurricane Irene on Saturday, but that doesn't mean people didn't lose their homes. Take for example Fred Harman, who has lived in his house 78 years, simply shifted his bedding to the living room to go back to sleep when a tree crashed into his house during the hurricane. Elkridge Patch has the story.

Brown met with BGE officials Tuesday in Odenton, where the company converted offices into one of two command centers in the state. Workers there were directing crews to deal with power outages across BGE’s service area, where more than 226,000 customers were still without service. More on Savage-Guilford Patch

When the power went out in Russett on Sunday, many in the community assumed it would only be a matter of hours before it was restored. But days turned into nights and still no lights, no refrigerator, no washer or air conditioner for some residents. And residents in Russett wanted answers from Baltimore Gas and Electric as to why their community of more than 3,700 homes was still plagued by power outages. Their story on (thankfully) still-powered Laurel Patch.

S September 05, 2011 at 06:13 PM
226,000 without power at this point in time shows just how inept and unprepared BGE is to handle the storms aftermath. You can bet your sweet bippy that your rates are going to go up AGAIN. Statements from out of state crews indicate that BGE did not have the necessary reserves on hand to quickly make repairs. I am certainly glad I no longer live under the BGE power grid. There years ago, the area where I now live endured hurricane force winds of 140 mph. As was to be expected, there was loss of power, however, it was restored withing 5 days to ALL areas.


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