About 200 still without power in Washington County

November 01, 2012|By CALEB CALHOUN |
  • Washington County highway worker Mark Trumpower maneuvers his backhoe Wednesday to help drain water from the flooded Leiters Mill Road.
By Kevin G. Gilbert/Staff Photographer

WASHINGTON COUNTY — About 200 Potomac Edison customers were still without power Thursday afternoon in Washington County as the region continued to deal with the aftereffects of Superstorm Sandy.

Water levels of the Conococheague and Antietam creeks in parts of the county continued to recede Thursday morning, according to the National Weather Service’s website. The Potomac River also remained below flood stage in the county, the weather service reported.

Flood warnings for Washington County issued by the weather service were lifted Wednesday.

No road closures were listed on the Washington County Highway Department's website.

The Conococheague Creek at Fairview was reported at 6.2 feet at 1:45 p.m. Thursday, well below the 10-foot flood stage there. By 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Antietam Creek near Sharpsburg had receded to 4.83 feet, well below flood stage of 8 feet.

The Potomac River was well within its banks in Washington County.

In Williamsport, where flood stage is 23 feet, the Potomac was at 7.6 feet at 6 a.m., Thursday, after receding 9 feet in 24 hours. In Hancock, the river was at 8.07 feet at 1:15 p.m. Thursday. Flood stage there is 30 feet.


The Potomac at Harpers Ferry, W.Va., was reported at 8.79 feet at 2 p.m Thursday. Flood stage there is 18 feet.

Downstream at Point of Rocks in neighboring Frederick County, Md., the Potomac was at 9:47 feet at 1:45 p.m. Thursday Flood stage there is 16 feet.

Washington County government, which was closed Monday and Tuesday, opened Wednesday, with staff having the option of liberal leave, Sprecher said.

Washington County Public Schools opened on a two-hour delay Wednesady.

As of 2:15 p.m. Thursday, 204 Potomac Edison customers in Washington County were still without power, according to figures posted on FirstEnergy’s website. Of those, 103 were in the Clear Spring area, the website reported

FirstEnergy showed 24,826 Potomac Edison customers across Allegany, Carroll, Frederick, Garrett, Howard, Montgomery and Washington counties still without power Thursday morning.

Garrett County, where the storm dumped more than two feet of snow in some higher elevation areas, had more than 15,000 without power, about 68 percent of all customers in the county. More than 5,900 customers in Frederick County were still in the dark.

FirstEnergy reported that more than 78,000 customers in West Virginia were still affected by outages Wednesday night.

According to local weather observer Greg Keefer’s website,, the storm dropped more than 6 inches of rain on Hagerstown between Sunday and Wednesday.

— Staff writer C.J. Lovelace contributed to this story.
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