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Recovering Washington County sends help to Garrett County

November 01, 2012|By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com

With the lingering aftereffects of Superstorm Sandy mostly over in Washington County Thursday afternoon, the attention turned to helping Garrett County residents dig out of up to 2 1/2 feet of snow, state officials said.

State Highway Administration officials on Thursday said nearly 50 SHA personnel from Washington, Howard, Carroll and Allegany counties were deployed to help in ongoing state cleanup operations.

From Washington County, two loaders, four dump trucks and two other vehicles were sent to Garrett County to help with clean-up there, which included clearing access to critical infrastructure including Garrett Memorial Hospital, Garrett College, several landfills and the Oakland Armory, which is an early voting site, according to State Highway Administration officials.

Twelve personnel from Washington County were sent to Garrett County, said state highways spokesman Dave Buck.

In Washington County, streams have been receding and high water crests along the Potomac River were below floodstage, said Kevin Witt, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Sterling, Va.

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At about 9 p.m. Thursday, there were 124 households without power in Washington County. Among the outages were 43 households without power in Clear Spring, according to FirstEnergy Corp.’s website.

Funkstown Town Hall is temporarily closed due to lack of power from the storm, said town officials, who added they hope to have the building open soon.

It appears the Hagerstown area will be returning to some sunny conditions over the weekend. Friday’s forecast calls for mostly cloudy conditions and Saturday’s forecast calls for partly sunny conditions, according to the National Weather Service.

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