Evacuations Encouraged In Havre de Grace, Joppatowne
Forty Harford County roads were closed due to Hurricane Sandy.
Havre de Grace and Joppatowne residents were urged to voluntarily evacuate their homes in a Tuesday morning call from Harford County Emergency Operations.
The county emergency operations center, or EOC, issued a Connect CTY message encouraging more than 6,600 Havre de Grace and Joppatowne residents and businesses to voluntary evacuate.
The message was prompted by expected storm surge, according to a release from county government. As of 6 a.m. Tuesday, water levels in Havre de Grace were already about two feet above typical low-tide levels, the release states.
Havre de Grace and Joppatowne were not the only areas impacted by the storm, however. More than fifty county roads remained closed Tuesday morning due to flooding, damage, downed power lines and debris.
County highways personnel were taken off the road around 9 p.m. Monday because of hazardous conditions, the release states.
A number of traffic signals were left inoperable Tuesday due to widespread power outages.
As of 7 a.m. Tuesday, more than 43,000 BGE customers and 1,700 Delmarva Power customers were without power, according to the release.