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TROPICAL STORM SANDY STORM  storm-related information.  


Calvert County to Accept Tree Debris at Landfills
Tree/Green Debris Accepted Free of Charge for Limited Time

The Calvert County Board of County Commissioners, through the Calvert County Department of Public Works, announces that residents may dispose of tree/green debris as a result of Hurricane Sandy at the Appeal and Barstow landfills starting Wednesday, Oct. 31, through Friday, Nov. 30, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., free of charge. After Nov. 30, tree/green debris must be taken to Appeal Landfill and a fee of $67.23 per ton will apply.  Curbside pickup will not be available.

Tree/green storm-related debris is limited to un-bagged leaves, trees, limbs, branches, bushes, shrubs, etc. Tree/green debris brought in commercial vehicles will be charged the commercial rate. Commercial vehicles must go to the Appeal Landfill.
For more information on the Calvert County, Maryland, Department of Public Works, call 410-326-0210; send an email to; or visit online at

From an earlier message from the Mayor:  "The Town will be picking up Storm debris from hurricane Sandy until Friday November 9th. We will pick up branches that can be carried by hand to the curb side. If you have a contractor removing large branches or entire trees, the contractor needs to carry them away for you."

October 30, 2012 (5:00pm) Based upon the improving weather situation, I have ordered the U.S. Flag at Veterans' Park to be re-flown and this source of inspiration for our Town is now proudly flying again. With this action, I think we can safely put Sandy into the memory books!

Again, I want to express my sincere gratitude to the Town Staff, our great volunteers, and to all of you for your efforts and cooperation.

Bruce A. Wahl, Mayor (email)

October 30, 2012 (1:00pm) Here are some "Odds and Ends" for your information.

The trash pickup normally scheduled for Tuesday, October 30 will be performed on Wednesday, October 31.

I hope that everyone has a fun and safe time "Trick or Treating" on Halloween on Wednesday!

It appears that the high tide today (Tuesday) will cause flooding in low lying areas. Please take whatever actions are necessary to protect property and lives. Also, I do not recommend any boating activity until the debris stirred up by the storm has abated. There have been reports of trees sighted right offshore.

Town Hall has resumed a normal operating schedule.

We experienced no spills or reportable incidents at the Waste Water Treatment Plant (wwtp). The WWTP crew has been working 24/7 to ensure that our operations are the best that they can be during the Hurricane Sandy storm. Superintendent Jon Castro and his crew deserve our gratitude for their hard work.

Likewise, the Town's Public Works Crew under Supervisor Jay Berry has also been working 24/7 to do whatever is necessary to keep our town clear and safe. Allow me to express my gratitude and appreciation to all town employees and volunteers who have done a magnificent job to keep things running smoothly during this incident.

Thanks also go out to the Calvert County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) under the supervision of Bobby Fenwick for providing direct support to Chesapeake Beach. This relationship yields great benefit to the town, such as very quick response when a tree fell across the power lines on Rt. 261 on Monday. Because our staff member Wilson Cochran was present in the EOC, he walked over to the State Highway representative and the BGE representative and the crews were dispatched immediately. Otherwise, I suspect that town residents in Chesapeake Village would have gone an additional 12 to 24 hours before their power was restored. Thanks to everyone involved.

The Town will be picking up Storm debris from hurricane Sandy until Friday November 9th. We will pick up branches that can be carried by hand to the curb side. If you have a contractor removing large branches or entire trees, the contractor needs to carry them away for you.

My sincere gratitude goes out to everyone here in town for doing the right thing during the storm. We've made it through another one!

Bruce A. Wahl, Mayor (email)

October 29, 2012 (6:00pm) Good news!  State Highway removed the tree across Rt. 261, and BGE has repaired the lines. They have restored the power in Chesapeake Village and Randles Cliff.

My heartfelt gratitude goes out to SHA and BGE for their heroic efforts!

Here's what it looked like while they were out there about 1:30 pm today.

Bruce A. Wahl, Mayor (email)

October 29, 2012 (1:30pm) Power crews have begun to repair the downed lines along Route 261 between Chesapeake Village and Summer City Boulevard, rather than wait until the storm passes...  More information to follow... 

Bruce A. Wahl, Mayor (email)

October 29, 2012 (12:40pm)  It has just been reported to me that one or more trees have fallen on the east side of Rt. 261 south of Chesapeake Village. This has taken the communications lines down but not broken them, but has indeed taken down the power lines on the west side of the road. At this time, Rt. 261 is blocked and will remain so for quite some time.

If you are without power, the shelter at Huntingtown High School is open. If you need access to town hall to charge batteries or use the restrooms, let me know.

Stay safe, and stay inside!

Bruce A. Wahl, Mayor (email)

The proposed ENR pre-bid meeting scheduled for Tuesday October 30 has been cancelled and rescheduled for Wednesday November 7 at 2pm in Town Hall. Please contact Paul Woodburn at 301-233-0836 if you have any questions.

Trash pickup operations for Monday will be normal. In other words, the north side of town will be picked up today. However, the remainder of the week will be disrupted by Hurricane Sandy. Since the Appeal landfill has been closed, the trucks will not be able to be dumped until it re-opens either Wednesday or Thursday. We will notify you via the web site and blast email service when to expect trash pickup on the south side of town.

There is no scheduled recycling pickup this week.

Bruce A. Wahl, Mayor (email)

The Offices of the Town of Chesapeake Beach will be closed today, Monday, October 29, 2012 due to the unwelcome arrival of Hurricane Sandy. If the town experiences any extended power outages, we will open Town Hall with volunteers to allow cell phone recharging and the use of bathrooms and the like.

I want to encourage everyone to stay home during the height of the storm. Town Public Works crews will need unfettered access to clear fallen trees and other debris from the streets, and sightseers will simply get in the way. Please help us by staying home!

I also want to assure you that if you are on the Town's water system, I am highly confident that your water supply will be just fine during this storm event. Two years ago, we added a third well and water tower, so we now have three wells, three water towers, and three generators to continue to pump from the wells. There is 850,000 gallons of treated water in the towers, which is fed by gravity to your home or business. It will take an extraordinary event to disrupt the supply of our drinking water. I trust that you will be reassured by this description of our water system.

Likewise, our Waste Water (sewer) operations are all served by redundant pumps with generator back-ups. In anticipation of Hurricane Sandy, all generators were serviced, tested and tanks topped off in anticipation of this storm. We are confident that that the town is in as good shape as possible for this storm.

Many of you you have contacted me by replying to these message. I appreciate that. Do not hesitate to write to me if I can be of assistance to you.

Bruce A. Wahl, Mayor (email)

The Town of Chesapeake Beach, Maryland

From the Desk of Mayor Bruce Wahl (October 28, 2012: 6PM)

I just had a good conversation with Steve Warner, CEO of Baltimore Gas & Electric, about the company's storm preparations and their predictions for the severity of "Sandy". They seem to have a good plan in place, have pre-positioned both their own crews and those from out of state. Keep in mind that their crews cannot work when the wind is over 25 miles per hour. This storm is going to last for days. If your power is out the crews cannot work on restoration while the wind is still blowing hard. Unfortunately, we need to be prepared for extended power outages.

There will be sheltering available at Huntington High School if you need it.

Good luck with "Sandy".

Bruce A. Wahl, Mayor (email)

The Town of Chesapeake Beach, Maryland

From the Desk of Mayor Bruce Wahl (October 28, 2012: 10AM)

I've declared a state of emergency here in Chesapeake Beach as of today, which provides the means to request assistance from the county, state and federal government if needed. The county has decided to open a shelter at Huntingtown High School beginning at 3 pm this afternoon if anyone needs this kind of assistance. I will be attending a meeting at the Calvert County Emergency Operations Center within the next hour and will post any new information that becomes available.

As needed, the Chesapeake Beach Town Hall will be open for recharging cell phones and the like. We have a significant number of volunteers who have agreed to staff the facility.

Sand bags are available for town citizens that need them. Up to ten bags per person can be filled and picked up in the parking lot behind Town Hall by Kellam's Field between noon and 6 today.

The town's web site (this page) is where we will continue to post the latest information about our unwelcome guest "Sandy".

Good luck to everyone as we weather this storm.

Issued By: /s/ Bruce A. Wahl, Mayor (10/28/2012) (email)

October 28, 2012  Time: 9AM


WHEREAS, Section 14-111 of the Maryland Emergency Management Act (Md. Code Ann., Public Safety Article, § 14-101 et.seq.) empowers the Mayor, as the Town’s principal executive officer, to proclaim the existence or threatened existence of a local emergency when Chesapeake Beach is affected or likely to be affected by a public including, the threat or occurrence of, among other things, a hurricane, tornado, storm, flood, high water, wind-driven water, tidal wave; and

WHEREAS, the Mayor of Chesapeake Beach does hereby find:

That conditions of extreme peril to the safety of person and property have arisen within said town, caused by a severe weather event and its associated winds and rain.

IT IS HEREBY FURTHER PROCLAIMED that the declaration of a local state of emergency:
(1) activates the response and recovery aspects of any local state of emergency plan; and (2) authorizes the provision of aid and assistance under the applicable plan.

NOW, THEREFORE, IT IS HEREBY PROCLAIMED that a local emergency now exists in said Town; and

IT IS FURTHER PROCLAIMED AND ORDERED that during the existence of said local emergency the powers, functions, and duties of the emergency organization of the Town shall be those prescribed by State law, by ordinances and resolutions of this Town and by the Town Emergency Operations Plan.


Issued By: /s/ Bruce A. Wahl, Mayor (10/28/2012) (email)

The Town of Chesapeake Beach, Maryland

Calvert County Health Department Issues Food Safety Statement

PRINCE FREDERICK, MD – Oct. 28, 2012 — The following is a food safety information statement from the Calvert County Health Department. In anticipation of Hurricane Sandy, the Calvert County Health Department urges food service establishments, and residents, that food spoilage can cause serious illness. In order to decrease the chance of foodborne disease, the Division of Environmental Health requires establishments to adhere to the following guidelines:

If you lose power, do not open your refrigerator/freezer. An unopened freezer, if it is fully stocked, can keep food safe for up to two days. A half full freezer, if left unopened, can keep food safe for up to one day. A refrigerator can usually keep food safe (less than 40 degrees) for up to four hours.

Perishable food items, without proper refrigeration/freezing, that have a temperature of 41 degrees or above for two hours or more must be discarded. These items include, but are not limited to, meats, milk yogurt, eggs, cream dressings, prepared pastas, desserts, and prepared (cut) produce.

Food items that can be kept for a limited time include hard processed cheeses (cheddar, Swiss, parmesan, provolone, Romano) and processed cheeses, opened canned fruits and fruit juices, relish, jelly barbecue sauce, soy sauce, mustard, ketchup, olives, peanut butter, bread, rolls, cakes, muffins, quick breads, waffles, pancakes, bagels, fruit pies, fresh mushrooms, herbs, spices, and unprocessed (uncut) produce.
It is not okay to refreeze foods. Store thawed products still at 41 degrees or less in the refrigerator.

If you have been without electricity for more than two hours, you must evaluate the temperature of all food products immediately once the power returns since insulation may vary with each appliance. Dry ice may be used to save chilled and frozen foods in case of a power outage.

When discarding spoiled products, please inventory the type of produce and quality lost. Place items in a double bag so it does not attract animals. Close bags with a tie and place in a closed approved refuse container.

Discard all foods, baby pacifiers and bottles that come into contact with floodwater including canned goods. Flood water often contains dangerous bacteria. Thoroughly wash all kitchen utensils, pots, plates, etc., that come into contact with floodwater with hot soapy water and sanitize with a solution of one teaspoon of chlorine bleach without fragrance (lavender, etc.) per quart (four teaspoons per gallon).

Spoiled foods emit a foul odor that often attract wildlife and can cause a nuisance. If you do not have a trash collection scheduled until later in the week, you may want to check with your local landfill for the hours of operation and transport your spoiled products directly to the landfill for proper disposal. You may also call your local office or public works for other disposal options.

Remember it is never safe to taste food items to determine if they are spoiled. This method is inaccurate in determining product safety and may put your health at risk!
Use common sense and precaution when dealing with the issue of possible food spoilage. IF IN DOUBT, THROW IT OUT. In the interest of public health, County and State Health Officials will make random checks at retail facilities in the affected area(s) to ensure that the above guidelines are being followed.

Disclaimer: These guidelines are not intended to superseded approved HACCP plans and COMAR 10.15.03

The county has established rumor control numbers and can be reached at 410-535-0396 or 410-535-0314. These lines will be staffed until the immediate event passes. During regular business hours (Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.), call 410-535-1600, ext. 2638. Questions or requests for information can also be sent by email to .

Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) Urges Maryland Residents To Be Prepared for Possible Visit from Hurricane Sandy -- read more

Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) webiste 

Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) Hurricanes printable info 

Sand and sand bags are now available behind Town Hall in the parking lot towards Kellams Field. They can be picked up Sunday from 12 Noon until 6 PM.   Shovels are there also.   Sand bags are also available from Calvert County (20 per person) at Mt. Hope Salt Dome, 92 Pushaw Road, Sunderland.

Check the weather link at the top of this and every page for current conditions and forecast for our area.

Town Hall will be open (hours TBD) during the storm in the event of a power outage.  Feel free to stop by to recharge your cell phones and other portable electronics.

Volunteers may be needed during the storm event.  If you'd like to be on a volunteer list, please contact Connie O'Dell via email ( ) or cell phone (301-938-4061).

Storm Preparedness -- for helpful information, click here

Calvert County's Department of Public Safety storm preparedness, click here

POLITICAL SIGNS:  Anyone with political signs posted in their yards might want to consider taking them down until the storm passes.  Our political candidates spent considerable time and money distributing signs, and the majority of signs posted around town will most likely not withstand 50 knot winds and once uprooted could pose a risk of injury.

From BGE:   Dear Valued BGE Customer,

In preparation for Hurricane Sandy, BGE has mobilized employees, called in assistance from out-of-state crews and stands ready to repair damages and restore power. This is expected to be a very dangerous storm with high winds, heavy rain and possible flooding causing widespread, extended outages.

Just as BGE is preparing, we strongly advise you to take the time now to plan in advance to protect families and property. Preparation includes monitoring the weather and noting BGE's number - 1.877.778.2222 - for reporting an outage or a downed wire. For more storm preparation tips and updates on the storm, visit our website, follow myBGE on Twitter and Facebook, and stay tuned to the news.

We want to thank all BGE customers in advance for preparing to weather Hurricane Sandy.

Sincerely, Jeannette M. Mills
Vice President, Customer Operations & Chief Customer Officer
Baltimore Gas and Electric Company

10/27/2012 12:50:26 PM EST - This is a message from the Calvert County Commissioners. Due to the uncertain path of Hurricane Sandy, Public Safety recommends all citizens take precautions. The effects of this storm are expected to start late today and intensify starting tomorrow evening. If you live in a low lying area which floods during heavy rain you may be impacted. If you live along the water, higher than normal tides may occur with wind driven waves. If you have a need for shelter, Huntingtown High School will be open at 3 pm on Sunday. Pets will be sheltered at the Field House behind the school and must be in a carrier. If you have questions, the following telephone numbers will be available after noon tomorrow; 410-535-0314 and 410-535-0396. Information is also available on the County website and Comcast channel 6. 


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