Tuesday, March 5, 2013
The 4-foot-diameter trunk that was felled by the derecho storm in 2012, was sawed up Tuesday.
A tree that has stood watch over Pikesville since about 1912 was being removed from the Pikesville Armory property on Tuesday. It was felled by the Derecho storm last summer and was about 100 years old, said Sgt. Maj. Charles Frick, armory manager. "The grove is gone, so the trees are unprotected," he said Tuesday as workers from A-1 Tree sawed through the nearly 4-foot-diameter trunk. Branches had been removed earlier. That's why trees are falling more frequently on the property, he said. This particular tree had fallen toward Reisterstown Road, not damaging any structures, Frick said. Another tree—although only 1/3 as large—was also lost during that same storm. Frick said he can tell when trees are about to go: The ground swells near the…
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke introduced the resolution calling for the hearing.
BGE will appear before a City Council committee on Wednesday to discuss how future long-term power outages—such as the power failure experienced by many North Baltimore residents after June’s derecho—can be avoided. According to the council’s legislative calendar, the informational hearing before the Housing and Community Development Committee on the lessons learned from the storm will be held at 5 p.m., at City Hall. Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke introduced the resolution calling for the hearing this summer. This June a rare derecho with powerful winds formed quickly and pushed through the area giving BGE little time to prepare a response. In Northwest Baltimore, many neighborhoods, including areas of Greenspring, and Cross Country, were …
Friday, August 17, 2012
The Maryland Public Service Commission has conducted a series of hearings as part of its investigation into how the state's utility companies responded to the storm.
Baltimore Gas and Electric Company customers in Baltimore County voiced their grievances with the state’s largest utility Thursday night, demanding changes in future restoration efforts. The Maryland Public Service Commission, which is currently investigating the state’s power suppliers’ storm preparedness, sought input in Towson, following the late June derecho storm that left 748,000 BGE customers without power. It took BGE eight days to fully bring 62 percent of its statewide customer base back onto the grid. In Baltimore County, speakers—most of whom had experiences with outages lasting beyond four days—said they were frustrated with the company. “This is clearly an indication that the Towson area requires much more attention from …
Monday, August 13, 2012
Many Pikesville residents were without power for long stretches after the June 29 derecho.
Those who would like to comment about how BGE handled things during the recent derecho storm will have their chance this week. There's going to be a local hearing at the Baltimore County office building in Towson at 7 p.m. Thursday where residents can express their opinions on the situation. Many Pikesville residents were without power for long stretches after the June 29 storm, which hit this area hard in a number of ways. Thursday's hearing is scheduled to be held in Room 106 of the county office building, 111 W. Chesapeake Ave. in Towson. The Baltimore Sun also reported there's going to be hearings on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at different locations. Monday's hearing is scheduled to be held in the joint hearing room of the …
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
There's still damage visible throughout the community, nearly four weeks after the June 30 derecho storm passed through the area.
Pikesville Middle School saw its share of damage from the derecho storm on June 30. This photo of a large, felled tree, is from the south side of the school, up on the hill in a grove. There are also piles of felled pine tree debris on the north side. The storm caused widespread power outtages, including in Pikesville, where residents were without electricity for up to seven days. Do you have photos of damage throughout Pikesville, Randallstown, Stevenson or other local areas? Upload them to this article to share. View more storm damage: YOUR PHOTOS: Derecho Storm Damage in Sudbrook Park PHOTO OF THE DAY: Remnants of Derecho at Druid Pikesville High Loses Magestic, Hollow Tree at Entrance Power Still Out Throughout Pikesville Area Storm …
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Assistant principal: The tree was rotted and had been damaged by storms, including the tropical storm from Hurricane Irene, and the derecho storm on June 30.
A monumental tree measuring six feet or more in diameter has been cut down in front of Pikesville High School. The school lost the tree to rot and storm damage, said assistant principal Allen Brown. "The tree was old and was already damaged from the storm" that occurred June 30 when the county decided to have it removed, he said Tuesday. It won't be there to greet students as they head back to school in the fall. A contractor cut it down last week, but the hollow stump and trunk still remain. The tree was located nearest to the entrance of the school and was closest to the "Pikesville High School" signage on the building. Brown said he had been watching the tree and noticed that parts of it were gradually peeling away, including some of …
Friday, July 20, 2012
The increase will raise a household's monthly electricity bill by about $2, according to a statement issued by the Maryland Public Service Commission.
Of the $68 million rate increase requested by Pepco, the Maryland Public Service Commission has rejected $50 million. Still, the $18 million rate increase "translates into a $2.02 typical residential monthly bill impact" (a 1.69 percent increase), according to a statement issued by the Maryland Public Service Commission on Friday afternoon. In the rejection order, the commission "noted its overall dissatisfaction with Pepco’s performance, and characterized its request to increase returns to shareholders 'before Pepco corrects its sub-par performance' as 'backwards,' " according to the statement. Pepco filed the request on Dec. 16, 2011. "The full record in the case included testimony from 31 witnesses and 11 days of evidentiary hearings, …
Tree damage at Druid Ridge Cemetery is still apparent this week.
I took a drive through Druid Ridge Cemetery this week, and found some signs of the June 30 derecho storm still remain: The storm struck in the Pikesville area, causing widespread power outages, some lasting as long as seven days. Do you know of any other storm damage that remains? If so, upload those photos to this article. How long was your power out, and in what neighborhood? Let's see whose was out the longest? Tell us in the comments box.
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
BGE and the National Weather Service have issued the following alerts.
The Baltimore Gas and Electric Company is warning customers that it's preparing for possible weather-related power outages Wednesday afternoon. That's in light of weather forecasts, that a thunderstorm and high winds might hit central Maryland, including the Pikesville area. Help us get to 600 fans. Like Pikesville Patch on Facebook. Although earlier Wednesday, the thunderstorms were expected in the afternoon, the National Weather Service forecast for Pikesville now says they'll likely occur before 9 p.m. The storm could bring strong winds and hail, the forecast states. BGE’s warnings come after nearly 748,000 customers were without power earlier this month—some for a more than week—after the destructive derecho storm hit the region. …
Saturday, July 14, 2012
A large tree at the Pikesville Armory lies damaged from the derecho storm June 30.
The electrical power is on by now, but there's still cleanup left from the derecho storm that struck Pikesville on June 30. O Friday, a large tree at the Pikesville Armory was still snapped off and remained on the grounds, surrounded by "danger" tape. Part of that tree lies across an historic piece of field artillery, as well.