Friday, February 8, 2013
The blackout was caused by a tree that fell on a transmission line, according to Pepco.
Update, 3:52 p.m.: Pepco has now restored power to all but a handful of homes and businesses, with just 275 of the utility's 225,560 Prince George's customers still in the dark. Update, 3:05 p.m.: Three hours after a falling tree left tens of thousands of Pepco customers without power in and around Prince George's County, the utility reports that some 17,123 homes and businesses across the county are still in the dark. Update, 1:58 p.m.: At last count, the number of Prince George's County Pepco customers affected by Friday's outage had climbed to 39,866—or about 18 percent of the utility's 225,560 homes and businesses in the county. Original article, 12:51 p.m.: About 30,000 Pepco customers in Prince George's County were left without …
Thursday, August 2, 2012
While Pepco works to fix an underground cable, they've MacGyvered a solution to bring power up in Roosevelt Center for now.
Power was out in most of Roosevelt Center Wednesday due to a problem with an underground cable, but a really long extension cord managed to bring many of the businesses back to life by Thursday morning. On Thursday, Pepco employees were going from manhole to manhole working on a permanent fix to the problem, according to Courtney Nagas, Pepco spokesperson. But in the meantime, workers made a stop gap fix so shops and locales in the center have lights and power. They ran a cable on top of the ground—called a jumper cable—as a temporary restoration, Nagas said. Temporary power was restored about 2 a.m. Thursday, she reported Pepco arrived on site to make repairs at around 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, but around seven Pepco trucks were still …
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Most stores in Roosevelt Center were without power late Wednesday.
The lights and power were out late Wednesday in most stores in Roosevelt Center in Greenbelt. The Co-op and Greenbelt Aquatic and Fitness Center were exceptions. Pepco arrived on site to make repairs at around 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, according to Courtney Nagas, a Pepco spokesperson. Around seven Pepco trucks were still lining the area of Roosevelt Center by 8:30 p.m. "The crew has to locate where the fault is first underground, before they can make repairs," Nagas said. The problem was an underground cable fault that leads back to a transformer, she explained. It took crews awhile to find where the fault was, but they did locate it, according to Nagas. Once they fix the problem, crews will restore power, she reported, expected about 2 a.m…
Friday, July 13, 2012
Metro officials announced Thursday that they plan to revise their evacuation procedures and emergency response guidelines during periods of extreme weather.
After a Green Line train lost power between Greenbelt and College Park on July 3 causing passengers to begin an impromptu disembarkation, followed three days later by a train derailment on the same line, Metro officials have said they need to revise their guidelines for emergency situations. The Washington Post reports that Dave Kubicek, the transit agency’s deputy general manger of operations, said Thursday that Metro would take measures to improve emergency responses. The train derailment was reportedly caused by excessive heat that formed a kink in the tracks. However, the bigger issue than the derailment and technical problems was the communication breakdown, Metro board members said, according to The Post. “We have a good capacity to …
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Service between Greenbelt and College Park grinds to a halt after train loses power outside station.
According to WMATA and Prince George's County fire officials, a Green Line train was disabled in College Park around 6 p.m. Riders were told to vacate the train and some were walking along the tracks, according to photos and tweets shared on social media. WMATA is sending a crew to the scene and Prince George's County Fire Department is also responding to a report of a sick passenger on scene. Green Line trains will be turning around at Prince George's Plaza and delays should be expected.
Monday, July 2, 2012
Stay cool today at one of several locations across Prince George's County
With the continuing power outages, the Prince George’s County Office of Emergency Management will resume operations of its cooling centers at locations around the county today. The county also is promoting the use of county pools as well as having residents go to local shopping centers to find air conditioning and refuge from the heat. Please note that many cooling centers are county community centers and may have camp or other activities going on. Residents who require overnight accommodations are encouraged to go to the shelter at Northwestern High School, 7000 Adelphi Road, Hyattsville, MD. In addition, residents who are in need of recharging their medical oxygen devices should go to one of the cooling centers, fire stations or the …
Sunday, July 1, 2012
Crews are being brought in from Oklahoma and the Carolinas to assist in repairs, Pepco Region President Tom Graham said Sunday.
It may take more than a week to restore power across the region in the wake of Friday's violent storms, Pepco Region President Tom Graham told WTOP Sunday morning. "We're working as quickly and safely as we can for our customers, but it's hard work. … It's very labor intensive," Graham said in an on-air interview. According to Graham, Pepco's early efforts have been focused on assessment and repairing the supply lines that feed the utility's substations. "Now that those have been solidified—and those resources have really been behind the scenes, working on the property, restoring that service—now you'll see a greater presence in the community from those resources," Graham said. Graham also said that the utility was bringing in mutual …
Saturday, June 30, 2012
Follow the chart from the USDA to determine if your food will be safe, plus tips on cooking without power.
Well, your power is out. Or at least, it was out at some point on Friday and Saturday because of the violent storms. What do you do with food in the refrigerator and freezer when your power goes out? The United States Department of Agriculture says to keep meat, poultry, fish and eggs refrigerated at or below 40 degrees. Frozen food should be stored at or below zero degrees. Check out the attached PDF for information on cooking without power. The USDA advises to "keep the refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible to maintain the cold temperature." "The refrigerator will keep food safely cold for about four hours if it is unopened. A full freezer will hold the temperature for approximately 48 hours (24 hours if it is half …
Saturday, June 23, 2012
Residents describe a tornado-like storm that tore roofs off houses, caused minor injuries.
A sudden storm that officials called a "microburst" -- a violent downward draft of air -- swept through a Bladensburg neighborhood last night, snapping trees, blowing roofs off buildings and leaving residents in the dark and seeking shelter. Looking for real time information about your neighborhood? Sign up for our newsletters, find us on Facebook and Twitter. Residents were told they could go to Bladensburg High School at 4200 57th Ave. for shelter at 2 p.m. Saturday, if they were displaced by the storm. Transportation was being provided by Prince George's County to take those who sought shelter. Officials said the storm hit at 8:07 p.m., damaging some 15 apartment buildings and a single-family home on Newton Street between 52nd and 55th …
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Some city facilities and parts of the city are without power as storms move through the area.
Heavy rain fell in Greenbelt throughout the day as a storm moved through the area, power outages eventually followed. At about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, David Moran, Assistant City Manager, said power was out in some city facilities, citing the Municipal Building, the police station and the Community Center, which have some backup power in place. Moran said Lakeside and Belle Point were also without power and judging from a Pepco map, he suspected other parts of the city were as well. It was too soon to tell if the power outage would last long enough to cause meeting cancellations tonight, Moran said. Power was also out at the Greenbelt Library at about 2:20 p.m. today, a date several visitors from Japan had scheduled to use the library …