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Rockville Reels, Relaxes As Power Returns for Some

Residents report randomness of outages and rescue concerns.

As some Rockville residents celebrated the return of power to their homes late Monday afternoon, others continued to wait for power to come back on. They could be waiting awhile.

The 20850 ZIP code, which includes Rockville Town Center, was one of the most affected parts of Rockville, according to Pepco's outage map.

That included 1,026 outages in an area that stretched from Great Falls Road and New Mark Esplande, eastward across Maryland Avenue and East Jefferson Street to East Middle Lane, according to the map. The estimated restoration time for those outages was 11 p.m. on Friday, according to Pepco's website.

With uncertainty surrounding when some parts of the Rockville could regain power, the city announced Monday that it was canceling its Independence Day celebration and fireworks, scheduled for Wednesday at .

Most of the New Mark Commons neighborhood has been out since Friday night's storm, Mara Bauman Miller reported on Rockville Patch's Facebook page.

Other residents reported outages in their neighborhood via Facebook and Twitter.

Molly Carter wrote that her home on Drake Drive in Rock Creek Manor also has been without power since Friday.

“No end in sight AND we are trapped if someone needs fire/rescue!” she wrote.

Carter’s neighborhood wasn’t the only one in the county reportedly cut off from first responders. In Montgomery Village on Monday afternoon, , making Rolling Knoll Court impassable and stranding residents in theire neighborhood.

@MrzJJackson tweeted a photo (seen above) with a message: "@RockvillePatch it looks like ZERO effort has been made to get our power back on Justice Road in Rockville."

But there was good news from some corners of the city. Carl May wrote that Congressional Village Apartments on Halpine Road had power restored at 11 a.m. Monday. “Hoping everyone else soon joins us,” he wrote.

 

Pedsfs July 04, 2012 at 01:29 PM
It's definitely an expensive issue, one way or another. I lost all the food in my refrigerator and freezer, and while I'm not happy about it, I can afford to replace it, plus eat out in the meantime. But I really feel bad for the people who will be a bit hungry for a few days because they can't afford to replace what they lost, or because they lost several days' pay when they businesses they work for were unable to open. I am curious what the economic impact is of power outages like these, especially when you factor in the cost of repairs, city employee overtime, etc; and I wonder how many of these outages we have to have before a more permanent infrastructure solution begins to look more affordable.
Ken Sandin July 04, 2012 at 03:16 PM
Sorry, Rocky, I don't understand your comment. Mark is calling it the way he see it, not whitewashing PEPCO, but taking a balanced, constructive approach. That's not a demagogue.
Rocky July 04, 2012 at 04:00 PM
Ken ---I must admit I was really putt off and disappointed with the first two sentences of Marks first post . He sounded like some of the other big mouth politicians who have not added one thing to the solution of this challenge ie O'Malley, Legget and Berliner---I have always thought Mark was more thoughful AND he does go on to offer some reasonable approaches; although the idea of undergrounding the lines is just not going to happen
Ken Sandin July 04, 2012 at 04:09 PM
Beautiful comment, focusing on the immediate human costs; and let's appreciate the power company, public agency, and contractor crews who are working overtime out in the oppresive heat. Also, nice way to place this in the context of the broader and long-term economics.
Patrick Campbell July 05, 2012 at 01:43 AM
thank $deity our power came back on today July 4th. I've been sick from the heat.

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