Governor Hogan Announces Continued Statewide Recovery Efforts for Winter Storm
State Remains in Recovery Mode, Governor Urging Marylanders to Remain Cautious
ANNAPOLIS, MD – Governor Larry Hogan continues to direct all state agencies in a coordinated effort to keep Marylanders safe and informed in the aftermath of the recent historic winter storm. The state response and recovery efforts are well underway and the governor is urging Marylanders to stay off the roads unless absolutely necessary, and to be patient as crews work diligently to clear roads.
The state of emergency enacted by Governor Hogan last Friday remains in effect and will remain in effect until further notice is provided. The executive order signed by the governor continues to allow the Maryland National Guard to assist law enforcement and local communities across the state.
“I want to thank the thousands of dedicated state employees, members of law enforcement, National Guard, emergency first responders, highway workers, as well as our local governments and officials, utilities and line workers, and the countless volunteers who have been working around the clock in response to this historic winter storm,” said Governor Hogan. “I ask that Marylanders continue to be cautious, safe, and be on the roads as little as possible. Local authorities particularly, will need time to dig out from this storm, and clear local and neighborhood roads.”
Yesterday, Governor Hogan held a press conference at the State Highway Administration Statewide Operations Center to update Marylanders about the statewide recovery efforts being conducted. He was was joined by Transportation Secretary Pete Rahn, Maryland State Police Superintendent Colonel Bill Pallozzi, Maryland National Guard Adjutant General Linda Singh, and State Highway Administrator Greg Johnson. Following the press conference, the governor toured the Maryland State Police Glen Burnie Barracks with Colonel Pallozzi and thanked troopers and guardsmen for their service during this emergency.
The Maryland Unites hotline, 1-888-756-7836, is still available for public inquiries into Department of Human Resources services including emergency shelter information and other human service needs.
Maryland Emergency Management Agency
- Continuing to coordinate state resources that remain positioned around Maryland.
- Working to appropriately handle resource requests from local jurisdictions.
- Preparing to assist in damage assessments, coordinate recovery efforts, and request federal assistance in order to expedite restoration of impacted communities.
Maryland State Police
- Since 3:00 PM Friday when the storm began, Maryland State Police have responded to more than 1,800 calls for service. They have responded to 238 accidents, most of which were minor. Troopers have assisted more than 700 motorists.
Maryland National Guard
- There are more than 700 soldiers and personnel and 212 vehicles standing by across Maryland and responding to request from across the state.
- Maryland Department of Transportation
- (MDOT) crews continue to clear 17,824 lane miles of the state’s highways and toll roads.
State Highway Administration and Maryland Transportation Authority
- At the height of the storm, SHA and MDTA had 3,100 pieces of equipment operating, using additional contract crews and out-of-state resources.
- SHA estimates for salt usage is 66,000 tons with a remaining inventory of 300,000 tons.
- MDTA estimates for salt usage on tunnels, bridges, and toll roads is 7,800 tons of salt with a remaining inventory of 37,800 tons.
- Between Friday at 12:00 PM and Monday at 9:00 AM, CHART emergency patrols assisted 732 disabled vehicles, 130 crashes. No fatalities, 16 injuries.
- Interstates and primary state roads are approximately 90% passable.
Maryland Transit Administration
- Free transit rides will be offered Monday, January 25, from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM to accommodate riders faced with reduced service and schedule changes due to road, track and weather conditions. Local Bus service will not run exactly according to published schedules or timetables, but will operate as close to the published schedule as possible depending on road conditions.
- All Local Bus service will be suspended by 9:00 PM on Monday, January 25.
- Service recovery for Tuesday, January 26, will be assessed and determined today.
- All MARC Train service on the Penn, Brunswick and Camden lines will be cancelled on Monday, January 25.
- Light Rail
- All Light Rail service has been suspended until further notice while maintenance crews continue to clear snow and ice from the tracks.
BWI Marshall Airport
- Airline flights are arriving and departing. Airlines will continue to gradually resume regular schedules today. Some cancellations will continue through today.
- Motor Vehicle Administration
- Citizens scheduled to have a vehicle emissions test done by January 27, 2016, can apply for an initial extension atwww.mva.maryland.gov/online-services/.
Port of Baltimore
- The Helen Delich Bentley Port of Baltimore reopened today for cargo ships and cruise ships. The Royal Caribbean’s Grandeur of the Seas arrived today at 7:00 AM and will sail out with another cruise this afternoon.
Public Service Commission
- As of this morning, there are approximately 131 customers without power. Utility crews are working diligently to restore power.
Department of Human Resources
- The Maryland Unites hotline, 1-888-756-7836, is available for inquiries relating to Department of Human Resources services including emergency shelter information and other human service needs during the storm.
Snowfall measurements by county, according to National Weather Service recording station, were as follows:
- Allegany – 35″
- Anne Arundel – 29.2″
- Baltimore – 30.1″
- Baltimore City – 25″
- Calvert – 14″
- Caroline – 10.7″
- Carroll – 31.8″
- Cecil – 19.5″
- Charles – 24.5″
- Dorchester – 13″
- Frederick – 32″
- Garrett – 38″
- Harford – 30″
- Howard – 27.7″
- Kent – 11″
- Montgomery – 36.5″
- Prince George’s – 23″
- Queen Anne’s – 15″
- Somerset – 8″
- St. Mary’s – 16″
- Talbot – 13″
- Washington – 36″
- Wicomico – 6″
- Worcester – 4.5″