Harford County rebounding from winter storm



The Harford County Department of Emergency Services issued the following summary of the impact Sunday’s storm had on the area:

Harford County Rebounding from Winter Storm

Schools and government offices closed Monday


       (Forest Hill, MD) – – Harford County is slowly returning to a state of normalcy, just ahead of a second storm expected to bring more snow and ice to the county.  A wintry mix of snow and ice blasted Harford County Sunday, resulting in dozens of motor vehicle accidents and snarled traffic.


During the period of 8:00 a.m. Sunday, December 8 through 8:00 Monday, December 9, the Harford County Department of Emergency Services 911 Center dispatched 388 calls for service.  Those emergency calls included numerous motor vehicle accidents, as well as fire and EMS incidents throughout the county.


The Harford County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) activated at approximately 11:30 a.m. Sunday to Level 2, which included emergency management staff, law enforcement, fire and EMS and Department of Public Works, Division of Highways.  The EOC remained staffed throughout the night before ceasing operations at approximately 8:00 a.m. Monday.


Harford County Emergency Manager Rick Ayers is closely monitoring the National Weather Service and the Maryland Emergency Management Agency regarding a second storm front that may impact the county Tuesday.  The Harford County EOC may reactivate if necessary should weather conditions deteriorate.


The total number of BGE and Delmarva customers without power in Harford County as of 8:00 Monday morning was 2,896.  Downed wires due to icing was the primary cause for the reported power outages. As of 4:00 p.m. Monday the number of power outages had been reduced to approximately 400 countywide.


“The winter mix of snow and ice definitely impacted traffic and holiday shoppers this weekend,” said Emergency Manager Rick Ayers.  “Our concern now is for the possibility of more snow and ice which may develop during the next 24 hours, and lead to more accidents, injuries and electrical outages,” Ayers said.