Flooding, not power outages, was the story in Essex-Middle River on Tuesday following the remnants of Hurricane Sandy, but on Wednesday, crews were out in force restoring power service to those few still without it.
As of 3 p.m. Wednesday, just over 50,000 Baltimore Gas and Electric customers remained without power, and nearly 300,000 had been reconnected since the storm began. The largest share of those remaining outages—nearly 20,000—were in Baltimore County. Though exact numbers are unclear, it appears on a BGE map that outages in the Essex-Middle River area appear light.
BGE said nearly 2,000 out-of-state utility workers are out in the field restoring power. During my travels in the area on Wednesday, I saw BGE trucks on the road, as well as crews from Georgia Power on Holly Neck Road and trucks from ComEd, BGE's sister utility in Illinois, in Bowleys Quarters.
Linemen were obviously too busy to really talk, but they did say things were moving smoothly.
BGE officials have been relucant to give exact timelines on when all service will be restored until a full damage assessment can be completed, which should be later Wednesday or Thursday.