Montgomery County MD Disaster Alert Services – 10/29/12 2:00 p.m.

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A number of areas are already closed due to flooding, including portions of Little Falls Parkway, Sligo Creek Parkway and Beach Drive.

All County facilities, including libraries are closed today.

Montgomery County urges residents to stay in a safe place and avoid traveling today. High winds, the danger of falling trees, and flooding are expected to create unsafe road conditions.

Residents are reminded that Ride On has canceled service for today.

Montgomery County parking garages and lots will remain open Monday and Tuesday at no charge. There will also be no charge at County on-street meters.

There will be no trash or recycling pick up Monday or Tuesday.
The Montgomery County Transfer Station is open, but will close at 3 p.m. Monday.

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If you must drive, please check the State Highway Administration first at to determine if there are road closures or downed trees.

Residents are reminded to avoid areas subject to flooding, including low spots, canals and streams. Do not attempt to drive on a flooded road, which could lead to becoming stranded or trapped because the depth of the water and the condition of the road is not always obvious. Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize flood dangers, downed wires and other hazards.

When approaching a traffic signal without power, State law requires motorists to treat intersection as a four-way stop.

Beginning at noon today (Monday), Montgomery County will open shelters at the following locations: White Oak Community Recreation Center, people and pets, at 1700 April La. Silver Spring; the Activity Center at Bohrer Park for people only, at 506 S. Frederick Ave., Gaithersburg; and the Mid- County Community Recreation Center for people only, 2004 Queensguard Rd., Silver Spring.

Those going to shelters are advised to bring prescription medicines, critical phone numbers, and any comfort items such as personal pillows. Residents taking their pets to the White Oak shelter are advised that the shelter will be capable of housing dogs, cats, and small animals such as guinea pigs and rabbits. The shelter will be staffed by the County Animal Services Division and the volunteer County Animal Response Team (CART).

Montgomery County 311 (240-777-0311 from a cell phone) will be open continuously for the duration of the storm. Call 311 for questions regarding County Government services, programs and/or issues, or go to www.MC311.com for online help. MC311.com is available on smart phones.

Call 911 in the event of life-threatening emergencies or call 301-279-8000 for police-related non-emergencies.

Important Utility Numbers:
Pepco: 1-877-737-2662
• Baltimore Gas and Electric (BG&E): 1-877-778-2222 or 1-800-685-0123
• Potomac Edison (Allegheny Power): 1-800-255-3443
• Washington Gas: 800-752-7520
• WSSC: 1-800-828-4002

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