MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Md. (WUSA) -210,000 of the 305,000 Pepco customers in Montgomery County remain without power. 500 out of 800 traffic signals are without power. Officials ask drivers to stop and then proceed cautiously. Ride On buses are operating, but there may be delays due to detours as the result of downed trees and wires.
Montgomery County officials have announced that they will open cooling centers today at noon at Richard Montgomery High School (250 Richard Montgomery Drive in Rockville), Clarksburg High School (22500 Wims Road in Clarksburg), and White Oak Recreation Center, (1700 April Lane in White Oak.). The County asks people to bring prescription medicines, critical phone numbers, and any comfort items such as personal pillows. Four Montgomery County libraries remain open to the public: Germantown, Bethesda, Praisner, and Damascus.
The following pools are closed: Kennedy-Shriver; Martin Luther King both indoor and outdoor; Glenmont; Bethesda; and Poolesville. All scheduled Recreational Department programs and activities are canceled. Residents are advised to call the pools and/or recreation centers directly for schedules and availability. Community use activities scheduled for Montgomery County Public Schools are canceled.
To report power outages, call Pepco at 877-737-2662, Allegheny Power at 800-255-3443, or Baltimore Gas & Electric at 877-778-2222. To report "hot" or sparkling wires, especially those across roadways, call 911. Water tankers are being added to fire stations to help with fire fighting capabilities.
The County's MC311 Call Center has not yet opened due to power and telephone outages but residents can report downed trees and other non-emergency issues by using the web portal at www.mc311.com
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