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Day 2 of Hurricane Sandy in Havre de Grace

The Halloween parade was canceled, and some residents were encouraged to evacuate.

Thousands are without power, some have been asked to consider evacuating and the Halloween parade has been canceled in Havre de Grace, according to city officials. 

More than 42,000 Harford County residents have power outages, BGE reported at noon Tuesday.

The Salvation Army in Havre de Grace, located at 300 Seneca Ave., is providing meals for those without power. A temporary shelter is open at the Community Center on Lagaret Lane, and there are more substantial shelters at Patterson Mill High School in Bel Air and the Level Volunteer Fire Company.

There were two people at Level, 20 at Patterson Mill and nobody had yet visited the Havre de Grace temporary shelter, according to police.

With a coastal flood warning in advance of the 11 a.m. high tide, emergency officials notified residents on Water Street of voluntary evacuations around 8 a.m. Tuesday. 

Chief of Police Teresa Walter said that a team knocked on doors at nine houses; 10 people opted to stay, four people didn’t answer the door and one person was preparing to evacuate.

A flood warning was in effect for northern Harford County until 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service.

“Just because right now it doesn’t seem high, information we’re receiving shows that water levels are not expected to drop as much as they do in low tide,” said Havre de Grace police spokesman Jeff Gilpin. 

Citizens in Bay Brook were notified of voluntary evacuations Monday night as well. It was not known how many were gone from the area Tuesday.

One of the city's celebrated traditions also was washed out by the storm. 

“The Halloween parade has been canceled,” Gilpin said. 

The parade was originally scheduled for Congress Avenue and Washington Street at 6:30 p.m. and would have moved inside to Havre de Grace High School in case of rain, but was canceled altogether Tuesday morning due to potential after effects of Hurricane Sandy.

"We're always going to err on the side of caution," Gilpin said. "We don't want to take any chances."


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