Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Severe Storm Update - July 3

Updated - 6pm, July 3

July 4 fireworks in Germantown, Rockville, Gaithersburg, and Wheaton have been cancelled.


Pepco reports 69,000 customers are without service in Montgomery County. As feeder lines are repaired, not all customers may have their power restored due to a problem closer to the home or block. Please re-report outages to 1-877-737-2662 should you receive a power restoration call back or if you neighbors' power is restored and yours is not.

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Montgomery County's MC311 Call Center will be open on July 4, 7am to 5 pm 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, Allegheny Power at 800-255-3443, or Baltimore Gas & Electric at 877-778-2222.


There are still 94 traffic signals without power out of a total of 800. County Police are directing traffic at many critical intersections throughout the County. Drivers are reminded to treat "dark" intersections as four-way stops and be especially aware of pedestrians.

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

Ride On buses will operate on a Saturday schedule on July 4, but expect delays due to downed trees, wires and signal outages. Nine Ride On routes are detoured, so check the website at www.rideonbus.com and click on Delays and Detours for the latest information.  

Metro will provide extra rail service on Wednesday, July 4, for the benefit of customers planning to attend holiday festivities on the National Mall and the Washington Nationals day game. Metrorail will operate from 7 a.m. to midnight, with near rush-hour service levels from 6 p.m. to midnight. Additional information about service, fare information, and travel tips for July 4 is available on Metro's website.

Trash, debris collection

There will be no County-provided recycling or trash collections on Wednesday, July 4. Collections for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday will shift later by one day. To sign up for trash holiday reminders as email and/or text messages, visit www.montgomerycountymd.gov/solidwaste.

The County is planning a special collection for storm debris. Once power has been restored throughout the County and operations are back to normal, the Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) will provide special storm debris collection. The date the collections will begin and additional details will be provided as soon as the information is available. Residents will be asked to place storm debris in the public right-of-way, ensuring that sidewalks, driveways and roads are not blocked.

Libraries, Recreation Centers, Pools, and Cooling Centers

The following libraries and community recreation centers will be open during their normal operating hours on July 4 as cooling, drop-in locations:
  • Mid-County Community Recreation Center, 2004 Queensguard Rd., Silver Spring, 240-777-6820 - open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • White Oak Community Recreation Center, 240-777-6940 - open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Bethesda Library, 7400 Arlington Rd., 240-777-0970 - open from noon to 8 p.m.
  • Wheaton Library, 11701 Georgia Ave., 240-777-0678 - open from noon to 8 p.m.
The Germantown Aquatic Center in the South Germantown Regional Park, 18000 Central Park Circle, Boyds, will remain open on July 4 until 6 p.m. All other aquatic centers and outdoor pools will operate on normal schedules that day.

The County is also operating a cooling shelter at Richard Montgomery High School, 250 Richard Montgomery Dr., Rockville, for residents who are still without power in their homes.