Storm Clean Up and Assessment

Nov 8, 2012

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Storm Cleanup in Delaware

DEWEY BEACH, Del. (AP) - Delaware Department of Transportation crews are working to clear debris from major roads after a nor'easter blew through the state.

Officials said one lane of northbound Route 1 was closed Thursday morning near Dewey Beach and the Indian River Inlet. The road and the bridge remain open to traffic. But DelDOT crews are working along the shoulder.

Officials say some water pooled on the road, but the water is draining away. Route 1 remained open during the storm.

Transportation officials say Prime Hook Road remains closed because of tidal flooding in the area.

Garrett County Assesses Response to Sandy

OAKLAND, Md. (AP) - Garrett County is reviewing its response to Sandy, which dumped heavy, wet snow, causing catastrophic damage to the power system.

At a briefing Thursday in Oakland, county commissioners and staff talked about challenges the storm created. They included the evacuation of a nursing home because a generator malfunctioned and filled the home with smoke. Another problem was drivers unprepared for blizzard conditions on Interstate 68, leading to people getting stuck. The State Highway Administration removed just under 3,000 trees from roads, and Potomac Edison replaced 300 damaged power poles.

The county received thousands of calls for help from residents. One person died while shoveling snow, there were several house fires related to power problems and several people suffered from carbon monoxide poisoning as a result of generator emissions.