Bevins: 'We Dodged A Bullet'

Councilwoman Cathy Bevins said the power outages are not as bad as she and officials expected.

County Councilwoman Cathy Bevins said she was "literally shocked" when she woke up Tuesday morning, in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, to discover she still had power.

"I seriously thought this morning when I woke up that we would have no power," she said. "But then I looked out and said, 'Where's the ground?'"

The Oliver Beach Democrat's story is like many she said she's heard from neighbors and constituents since she woke up: plenty of flooding, plenty of wind, but somehow, the power stayed on.

"Everybody was so prepped for these high winds to knock their power out," Bevins said. "It sounded like the siding was coming off my house, it was just brutal."

Baltimore Gas and Electric officials originally estimated that hundreds of thousands could be left without power for days. As of 11:28 a.m. Tuesday, about 183,000 BGE customers were out of power including 49,000 in Baltimore County. At the height of the June derecho, nearly 748,000 BGE customers lost power. Those outages took just over a week to completely restore.

Flooding is causing issues in neighborhoods like Oliver Beach, Bowleys Quarters and Wilson Point but, as residents in the latter neighborhood told Patch Tuesday morning, it was not as bad as it could have been.

"Everybody really has the same thoughts: we dodged a bullet," Bevins said.

Bevins praised county emergency crews for their hard work and said she would remind residents who need to get out of their homes to seek shelter at the county's pet-friendly emergency shelter at Eastern Technical High School.

"Baltimore County is still working around the clock. They have been working around the clock since before the storm hit," she said. "I think we should be checking on neighbors to make sure everyone's OK, that anybody needs help."

The county announced Tuesday that water will be available at all county fire stations and that dumpsters will be placed at eight fire stations around the county for residents to drop off storm-related debris through at least Nov. 4.

L H October 30, 2012 at 07:41 PM
I was wondering why this flooding wasn't more widely communicated before it happened. In Bowleys Quarters I was just getting ready to finally go to bed around 5am - when I realized water was in my garage and rising. After Isabel my ground floor is garage and storage but - but I still have things stored there that I need to pick up if high water is expected. And I need to move the car. I received no Weather radio warnings about it - and WBALtv.com - didn't have flooding under their weather alerts section. Some folks on one of stations mentioned in passing - that they were calling for 2-4 ft - but I looked for the alert and didn't find it and the weather radio hadn't gone off. They said they were calling Dundalk folks to warn of flooding but that was around 7am - it would have been too late in Bowleys Quarters. I'm usually good if they are calling for 2ft higher than normal - it when it's around 3ft that I end up with a mess and expense. The gas powered items can cost a bit to clean out - and it has to be done immediately after - trying to get a place to take them in is hard. Sighhhh
Tyler Waldman October 30, 2012 at 07:47 PM
Out on Wilson Point I was told people were being awoken by police sirens just after 5.
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