County offers flood emer­gency re­sources

The Dundalk Eagle - - CHURCH NEWS -

Bal­ti­more County is ask­ing res­i­dents and busi­ness own­ers to use the fol­low­ing phone num­bers in case of flood emer­gency:

• Med­i­cal or life-threat­en­ing emer­gen­cyCall 911

• Flooded base­ment — Call 911

• Emer­gency shel­ter and food — 410-8872222

• Sewer, road or tree is­sues — 410-8873560

Storm re­cov­ery and road closure in­for­ma­tion will be up­dated on the County’s web site, bal­ti­more­coun­tymd.gov or on Twit­ter at BACOe­mer­gency.

“Our de­part­ment of public works crews and fire and po­lice re­spon­ders are ready to as­sist with what­ever Mother Nature throws us. We en­cour­age neigh­bors to con­tinue to check in on their neigh­bors,” said Bal­ti­more County Ex­ec­u­tive Don Mohler.

Ad­di­tional Flood Risks

Flood­ing, es­pe­cially flash flood­ing, is one of the dead­li­est nat­u­ral dis­as­ters. Most fa­tal­i­ties oc­cur when mo­torists and pas­sen­gers are washed away in their ve­hi­cles.

In­for­ma­tion on how to pre­pare be­fore, dur­ing and af­ter a flood can be found on the Bal­ti­more County web­site.

“Safety is our first con­cern,” said Bal­ti­more County Fire De­part­ment Di­vi­sion Chief Jay Ring­gold, who over­sees Emer­gency Man­age­ment. “We strongly urge res­i­dents to stay away from creeks and streams, and never at­tempt to drive through flood­wa­ters.”

Curb­side Re­moval of Storm De­bris

The county is pro­vid­ing curb­side pick-up of storm de­bris from homes in the ar­eas most se­verely af­fected by flood­ing.

The Bal­ti­more County Bu­reau of High­ways will pro­vide curb­side pickup upon re­quest of res­i­dents in the Turner Sta­tion neigh­bor­hood in Dun­dalk, among other af­fected ar­eas across the county. Res­i­dents may call 410-887-3560 to re­quest this ser­vice, which is avail­able through Fri­day, June 8.

The county is also pro­vid­ing a tem­po­rary de­bris drop-off cen­ter at the Ben­jamin Ban­neker His­tor­i­cal Cen­ter and Park, lo­cated at 300 Oella Av­enue, Ca­tonsville, MD 21228, 10 a.m. through 5 p.m., ev­ery day through Fri­day, June 8.

In ad­di­tion, res­i­dents can de­liver de­bris to the County’s drop-off cen­ters lo­cated in Halethorpe, Cock­eysville and White Marsh.

Storm Dam­age and Oper­a­tions Sum­mary

County public works and fire crews re­sponded to more than 400 homes with flooded base­ments to as­sist with pumpouts. Fire crews per­formed dozens of sig­nif­i­cant water res­cues and have re­sponded to hun­dreds of calls for ser­vice since Sun­day. Bal­ti­more County Fire per­son­nel also con­tinue to pro­vide mu­tual aid to Howard County, in­clud­ing search and res­cue oper­a­tions sup­port.

One home in the Ca­tonsville area was ruled un­in­hab­it­able by County in­spec­tors. Ca­tonsville Ele­men­tar y School ex­pe­ri­enced mi­nor flood­ing, but opened on time Tues­day, May 29.

Home­own­ers who have suf­fered dam­age are ad­vised to con­tact their in­sur­ance com­pa­nies im­me­di­ately.

County In­vites Sto­ries of Neigh­bors Help­ing Neigh­bors

Dur­ing dif­fi­cult times, peo­ple of­ten need an extra help­ing hand, and oth­ers are will­ing to jump in and of­fer as­sis­tance. County Ex­ec­u­tive Mohler in­vites peo­ple to share sto­ries about acts of kind­ness in the com­mu­nity, us­ing the hash­tag #BaltCoNeigh­borsCare.

“We would love for peo­ple to share their thanks for a neigh­bor who helped them clean their base­ment, or maybe a stranger who stepped in to help in a mo­ment of need re­lated to the storm,” Mohler said.

These sto­ries will be shared and/or retweeted on Bal­ti­more County Govern­ment’s social me­dia pages.

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