Over the coming days and weeks Baltimore, like much of the Atlantic Coast, will begin the slow process of recovery after Hurricane Sandy uprooted hundreds of trees and disrupted power to thousands of households and businesses.
The storm dumped more than six inches of rain on the city and brought sustained winds of 40 mph with wind gusts of 67 mph.
On Tuesday morning Baltimore Gas and Electric reported that 14,000 city customers were still without power. The utility brought in crews from neighboring states and continues to work to restore service. Citizens should avoid city streets with downed power lines or standing water. If you are still without power or notice downed power lines please call BGE at 877-778-2222.
Baltimore City government is open and mass transit service has been restored to normal.
Trash that was not picked up due to Monday’s cancellation will be collected on Saturday. The city will operate several storm debris collection sites throughout the week. For more information on the locations and hours please call 311.
And finally, I would like to personally thank the men and women who placed themselves in harm’s way throughout the duration of the storm in order to respond to emergencies. Our first responders are selfless individuals, who often perform a thankless job. I would like to encourage you to please take a moment over the coming days and weeks to say thank you to a first responder for their dedication to keeping Baltimore safe.