More than 13,000 customers who lost utilities following Sunday's severe weather and flooding have had those services restored, said Baltimore Gas and Electric, the utility company responsible for providing gas and electric service to much of Central Maryland.
Flash flooding caused severe damage in Ellicott City, Md., where portions of roadway, natural gas mains, and pieces of buildings created infrastructure issues that affected gas and electric services. Some of the system's most heavily damaged sections in the city's Main Street area remain turned off as a safety precaution. Where restoring service has been deemed safe, 92 percent of gas mains have been restored and many primary power lines have been re-energized.
“As we work to restore gas and electric service in Ellicott City where it is safe to do so, we want our customers to know that we are committed to working with them during this difficult time,” said Rodney Oddoye, vice president of customer operations and chief customer officer for BGE.
Extended outages of gas and electric service will continue around the Main Street corridor of Ellicott City. Restoration of all services is contingent on new or repaired structures being fully inspected and approved. Customers whose piping, wiring, and appliances were damaged in the flood will need to work with their licensed plumbers, electricians and technicians to certify all equipment has been inspected prior to the return of BGE services. More information can be found at 1-800-685-0123.
BGE has also joined forces with Exelon and Constellation energy companies in collectively contributing $25,000 in relief aid to the Howard Community Relief Fund and Community Action Council of Howard County.